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SharpReading Workshops on the Sunshine Coast - Weeks 4&5, 2018
Thursday 22 Feb   SharpReading Stages 1-3  (Yrs 1-8)
                                "From Beginning Decoder to Fluent Comprehender"    SPECIAL 2 for 1 PRICE : $245 AU
                            TIMES:  8:30am-3:30pm
THIS IS A SPECIAL OFFER: A combination of our Stages 1&2 and Stage 3 workshops
Friday 23 Feb      SharpReading for Secondary Teachers - Stages 3-6 (Yrs 7-10)
"Intergrating Comprehension Instruction into the Secondary Classroom"    COST: $195 AU

                                      TIMES:  9am-3pm
  Friday 2 March    SharpReading for the Struggling Older Reader  (Yrs 3-8)  
"SevenPlus" (an 8-10 week intervention) and "The 5 Bits"   COST: $235 AU
                          TIMES:  9am-3pm
VENUE: Immanuel Lutheran College, 126-142 Wises Rd, Buderim QLD





Workshop Descriptions 
SharpReading Stages 1-3:  
"From Beginning Decoder to Fluent Comprehender" Yrs 1-8

PRESENTER: Hilton Ayrey 
For the first time we are offering a combined workshop covering the first three stages of SharpReading. We think this gives the teacher a better overview of SharpReading and provides them with all the tools they need to cope with primary schools aged children from Y1-Yr8.
The reality is that the Year 1-3 teacher is going to need all three stages, and the Yr 4-8 teacher, while mainly focussing on Stage 3 and above, will always have some students who are still stuggling with decoding and need Stage 2.

Stages 1 and 2: 'The Five Bits' (Mastering Decoding)
A key to developing fluent decoders is 'managing the challenge'. We need to ensure that our beginning readers are managed through the potentially discouraging bottlenecks that occur as the 
mental effort of decoding collides with the need to construct meaning. SharpReading Stages 1 and 2 provides simple solutions to this which ensure our readers meet with success and develop a lifelong 
passion for reading.
Stage 3  'The 3 Steps' (Constructing Meaning - the foundation for effective Comprehension)
For readers who have developed some fluency with decoding now is the time to learn how to dig into text to construct meaning and think critically. Rather than tackle the "Comprehension Smorgasbord" with a little bit of this and a little bit of that, we provide you with our tried and proven developmental progression that habitualises the mental strategies the good reader needs to process text. You will be amazed at what you learn about the way your readers are processing text.

COST:  $245 AU
​(Effectively this is two workshops and follow-up support for the price of one)

Includes 52 page workbook, sample resources and 12 months access to video teaching models from the workshop.


SharpReading for Secondary Teachers - Stages 3-6 (Yrs 7-10)
"Intergrating Comprehension Instruction into the Secondary Classroom"

PRESENTER: Hilton Ayrey 
This workshop is designed for schools who have embraced the SharpReading approach to reading instruction in primary and now have students coming through into Year 7 with a different reading skills set.

We introduce you to the thinking behind SharpReading and the developmental SharpReading Stages 3-6. We provide you with a simple 10 minute whole classroom routine which allows you to maintain and build on the skills that your students have already acquired.

Stage 3  'The 3 Steps' (Constructing Meaning - the foundation for effective Comprehension)
Fluent decoders often do not have an understanding of the active reading skills that they need to be a truly GREAT reader. "I think that means..." provides a simple yet profound strategy for habitualising 'thinking while reading'.

Stage 4: The Deep 5 (Constructing Meaning) - Adding 5 of the most important comprehension strategies to the reader's toolbox to help interpret and clarify the literal meaning of sentences.   Visualisation, Prior Knowledge, Asking Questions, Forming Hypotheses, Making connections within text - yes these may all sound  familiar but SharpReading gives them a very different treatment.

Stage 5: Analysing Text (Critical Thinking) - now is the time to introduce 'big picture' or whole text thinking. We explore the analysis of narrative and non fiction text while the students are reading (an essential active reading skill).

Stage 6: Evaluating Text (Critical Thinking) - once meaning has been constructed and the content analysed the reader is in the position to be able to evaluate the quality of the text while they are reading (
an essential active reading skill).
COST: All Day Workshop - $195 AU
Includes 40 page coursebook, sample resources and 12 months access to video teaching models from the workshop.


SharpReading for the Struggling Older Reader Yrs 3-8
PRESENTER: Hilton Ayrey 
This workshop is specifically designed for teachers of those older students who 'get stuck' on
decoding - they haven't yet developed the decoding fluency they need to become confident readers. 

"SevenPlus" - An 8-10 week intervention
The starting point is our SevenPlus Intervention, carefully designed to address the needs of the reader who is stuck at around a reading age of seven or who is progressing but only slowly. Their motivation for reading and their self esteem about themselves as readers is fading fast. Decoding strategies, fluency and vocabulary are all attended to in a routine that ensures success and the rebuilding of confidence.
*Workshop Price includes $100 of Invaluable SevenPlus Resources
* The SevenPlus Teachers Manual is packed with all the teaching pedagogy and the research that is behind SevenPlus for those who want to dig deeper. It also includes a wealth of additional phonological and morphological follow-up activities to reinforce the learning that occurs in the SevenPlus lesson.
* We have reformatted some of our StoryBytes and InfoBytes to match the requirements of SevenPlus - 25 weeks of SevenPlus lessons - No Planning - No Preparation PLUS screening tests to easily establish the correct starting level for your students.
* 12 months access to the view clips shown in the workshop - go back at anytime and review the SevenPlus and 5 Bits routine at any time online.
ual 10 x StoryBytes for SevenPlus (2 levels) 10 x InfoBytes for SevenPlus (3 levels) 5 x Screening Tests
Manual InfoBytes for SevenPlus

"The 5 Bits" - Where to next?
The success or failure of any intervention is usually determined by what happens next. We provide you with our especially modified SharpReading Stage 2 routine which helps transition learners back into a more mainstreamed guided reading routine. This ensures that the newly found confidence and enthusiasm for reading is maintained and prepares them for Stage 3 - Comprehension Strategy Instruction.
COST: All Day Workshop - $235* AU  


Here is what principals and literacy coordinators on the Sunshine Coast have been saying about the work we have been doing in their schools.

Tracey Shields, Head of Primary, Coolum Beach Christian College. 
"I have been really impressed with the services offered by Hilton as a consultant, the training workshops he has run and the extensive in-class follow-up he provides including modelling of the teaching, observations.  I highly recommend SharpReading. " 

Cheryl Bryers, Head of Primary, Glasshouse Christian College
"The implementation of SharpReading strategies in all classes ( Prep-Year 6 ) has significantly improved our school's reading data over the past three years.  A whole school approach to reading has provided an authentic context for professional dialogue in both team meetings and staff meetings."

Kylie Baker, Assistant to Head of Junior School, Nambour Christian College
"SharpReading has provided our Junior School with a common understanding and language around the teaching of reading.  This easy to implement approach has empowered our teachers by providing them with the tools to cater for the diverse needs of their learners."

Jodie Hyatt, Deputy Head of Primary, Immanuel Lutheran College
“Sharp Reading has provided a common language and approach to the teaching of Reading across our Primary School (Prep to Year 6). While we are only 6 months into our journey, we are excited by the progress our students are making in this important area of Literacy.”  

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