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SharpReading Workshops in Rotorua - Term 3  2017
Attend one of our Start-Up Workshops - get a Course Book and Training to start on SharpReading the next day.

SharpReading Stages 1&2: "Getting Decoding Right for the Beginning Decoder"  (NE-Yr2)
  DATE: Wed 13th September         TIME:  9am-3pm
SharpReading Stage 3: "A Systematic Approach to Comprehension"  (Yr3-8)
  DATES: Tuesday 12th and Thursday 14th September     TIME:  3:30 - 6:30pm
              (This is one workshop split over to afternoons - please attend both)

SharpReading for Teacher Aides (NE-Yr8)
  DATES: Friday 15th September     TIME:  9am-3pm    

  ALL workshops COST: $195+GST
  VENUE: - Otonga School, 105 Otonga Rd, Springfield, Rotorua


Workshop Descriptions

SharpReading Stages 1&2: "The Junior Classroom" NE - Yr 2
PRESENTER: Brian Parker
This workshop is aimed at meeting the needs of beginning readers (the early school years) who need the explicit teaching and guided practice of decoding strategies to achieve decoding fluency. Our '5 Bits' routine provides you with the structure you need to get through that daily text in the 10 minutes you have with each group. The students love the routine and feel secure. Confidence levels skyrocket as they take ownership of the reading. Rather than looking for the next teachable moment, you are freed up to monitor their decoding.

Stages 1 and 2: 'The Five Bits' (Mastering Decoding)
A key to developing fluent decoders is 'mastering 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.


SharpReading Stage 3: "The Senior Classroom" Yrs 3-8
PRESENTER: Brian Parker
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.

Stage 3: "I think that means..." (Constructing Meaning)
The launching pad for Comprehension Strategy Instruction. Our simple routine (which we think is quite unique) shifts the locus of control from the teacher to the students, providing them with the opportunity to truly habitualise independent comprehension skills that transfer into everyday reading.


SharpReading Routines for Teacher Aides

PRESENTER: Brian Parker

Certificated Guided Reading Workshop for Teacher Aides and Support Personnel


This new full day workshop is designed for any individual that works with individuals or small groups of primary school students.  The workshop is highly focused on practice and will arm the support teacher with SharpReading's easy to implement guided reading routines for beginner readers through to beginner comprehenders (approx reading ages of 5 - 10).  We will also look at some useful behaviour management techniques and data collection for these situations and discuss good ways to support the classroom teacher when using the SharpReading routines.  

Each participant will receive a SharpReading certificate of participation and personal report. Because of the constant monitoring required to generate this report during the workshop, registrations are limited to a maximum of 15.

Feedback from recent workshops

"I love your philosophy of making this simple and manageable and able to be implemented without fuss. Love all the easy to use support forms, the whole SharpReading system - I can do it without hours of planning. You have done all the hard work and I get to do the fun stuff with the kids."
Anna-Maria Williams  RT Lit Christchurch East

"This approach solves the issues I have with time - never enough time to get done what I want to get done. A lot less planning, a lot less teacher talk. It all benefits the children."
Paulette Lambert - Teacher, Western Australia

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