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Wellington Workshops

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Workshops during Term 3 Week 8
Venue: Johnsonville Community Centre, 3 Frankmoore Ave, Johnsonville, Wellington
Workshop Times: 9am-3pm
 
 Tues 12 Sept    SharpReading Stages 1&2  "Getting Guided Reading Right for the Beginning Reader" NE-Yr 2
 Wed 13 Sept  SharpReading Stage 3   "A Systematic Approach to Comprehension Instruction" Yrs 3-8
 Fri 15 Sept  The Struggling Older Reader  "SevenPlus" (a 8-10 week intervention) and "The 5 Bits"
      

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Workshop Descriptions - see the content of all workshops offered below

SharpReading Stages 1&2: "Getting Guided Reading Right for the Beginning Reader" NE-Yr 2
PRESENTER: Hilton Ayrey
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 '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.


COST:  $195 + GST   
Includes 40 page workbook and 12 months access to video teaching models from the workshop.


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SharpReading Stage 3: "A Systematic Approach to Comprehension" Yrs 3-8

PRESENTER: Hilton Ayrey 
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.


COST:  $195 + GST   

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

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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.

Manual 5 x StoryBytes for SevenPlus (2 levels) 5 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* + GST 

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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

"Thank you Brian so very much for the wonderful day we spent with you yesterday on SharpReading Stages 4-6.  It was a brilliant follow-up to our previous session with you, which left us with a feeling of having a whole picture - in our heads.  Now we just need to focus on executing it!  I say 'just' with tongue in cheek, as while it is uncomplicated on many levels, it is very important work. 
 
As we have discussed, we are already seeing big payoff for our kids (and their teachers ☺), but we now see even more potential for us all.  We are feeling very excited and energised, which is fantastic.  Thank you so much. 
Shelley Cook-Teacher, New Plymouth
 
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