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Christchurch Workshops

  SharpReading Workshops
Christchurch TODs available Mon 22 - Fri 26 Jan 
Be quick ... these days will be allocated to the first 5 schools that register!
  The TOD 'Start-Up Workshop" is the starting point for a whole-school approach to SharpReading.
  Inspire School-Wide change in one day
Add on In-Class Support to maintain the momentum
Plan for the Long Term - Train In-School Trainers

  • Start-Up Workshop (1 day) 
  • ONLiNE Support
  • Email Support
FROM  $1950+GST*
*based on 10 teachers

  • Start-Up Workshop (1 day) 
  • ONLiNE Support
  • Email Support 

FROM   $4950+GST*
*based on 10 teachers
  • Start-Up Workshop (1 day) 
  • ONLiNE Support 
  • Email Support
  • In-Class Follow-up

FROM  $6950+GST*
*based on 10 teachers
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Not yet ready for Whole School PD?
Then...send a couple of teachers to our start-up workshop and run a SharpReading Trial in your school.

Christchurch Workshops - Term 1 Week 3
Monday 12 Feb   SharpReading Stages 1-3  (Yrs 1-8)
                                "From Beginning Decoder to Fluent Comprehender"    SPECIAL 2 for 1 PRICE: $245 + GST
                            TIMES:  8:30am-3:30pm
THIS IS A SPECIAL OFFER - two workshops in one - our Stages 1&2 workshop combined with Stage 3.
  Tuesday 13 Feb   SharpReading Stages 4-6  (Yrs 3-8)
"Critical Thinking Strategies - the top end of Comprehension"   
 COST: $195 + GST
                                TIMES:  9am-3pm
Attending a Stage 3 Workshop and at least a term's SharpReading experience is a prerequisite for this workshop 
SharpReading for the Struggling Older Reader  (Yrs 3-8)  
"SevenPlus" (an 8-10 week intervention) and "The 5 Bits"   COST: $235 + GST
                          TIMES:  9am-3pm
ALL WORKSHOPS: McFaddens Centre, 64 McFaddens Rd, St Albans, CHRISTCHURCH
EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT - Registrations received before Dec 15 (Invoiced for Term 1 2018) will get a 10% discount.






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 + GST
​(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 Stages 4-6:
"Critical Thinking - the top end of Comprehension" Yrs 3-8
Please note: Stage 3 and at least one term of classroom practice is a prerequiste for this workshop.

PRESENTER: Hilton Ayrey 
This workshop builds on the basic constructing meaning strategies covered in Stage 3. 

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:  $195 + GST
Includes 52 page workbook, 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:  $235* + GST  


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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