SharpReading

What is the best training option for me?

OPTION 1: ONLiNE Course only

Each course consists of comprehensive coverage of the designated topic - usually 8 units that teachers work through. This is great for the individual teacher who can work through this in their own time.
For teachers from a year group in a school or something similar, we suggest doing the units together at a weekly session - 1 unit per week to keep the momentum going and complete the training in 8-10 weeks

Each unit follows a similar format
1. A learning goal
2. Read some information
3. Watch a video model of the learning point in the unit
(20-30 minutes for 1-3)
4. Go away and practice the learning point with your students  (2-3 lessons during the week)
5. Return to the unit for the review  (10 min)
    This includes - share successes
                          - share / problem solve roadblocks
                          - set short term goals
On to the next unit.

COST: Stages 1&2 and Stage 3  $99+GST per licence per teacher
            The Struggling Older Reader $139 + GST  (Includes $80 of resources)

PROS

The cheapest option.
Great for in-your-own-time at-your-own-pace learning.
No classroom release time required to do your training.

CONS
You have to be motivated to keep at it (we provide email support to keep you going).
Working with a group in a school? You need to have some strong leadership / coordination to make sure it happens. We can help with that.

OPTION 2: ONLINE Course PLUS Webinar

The  Start-Up Webinar provides for a clear explanation of the rationale behind SharpReading followed by modelling and practice of the routines. We cover the first 4 units in the start-up but teachers are still required to work their way through all the units and do the in-class practices and reviews.

COST: Stages 1&2 and Stage 3 - $155 + GST per course per teacher
           The Struggling Older Reader $195 + GST  (Includes $80 of resources). 

PROS
* The start-up webinar provides an event to get the training started
* Takes the pressure off the coordinator to get buy in from the staff
* Clear explanations and practice with the ‘expert’ before hitting the classroom for the teacher
* For groups of teachers within a school, we can organise the webinar times to suit you - morning (8am-12noon), afternoon (12noon-4pm), or two 2hour sessions on two days after school (4pm-6pm or 6pm-8pm) - teachers can attend from their homes provided they have a reasonable internet connection.

CONS

* The usual tech issues that are associated with this sort of communication
* Not quite the same interaction as with a face-to-face workshop

OPTION 3: ONLiNE Course PLUS Workshop

For the individual teacher this is dependent on whether a public workshop is being run in your area.

If you have a significant group of teachers within your school we are prepared to organise an In-School workshop just for you.
Minimum numbers are 6. Ten would be better. Small schools, consider joining in with a neighbouring school.

PROS
* As for Option 2.
* Face-To-Face interaction creates even more of an event with the ‘expert’ which should result in even better buy-in from your staff.
* Clear explanations and practice before hitting the classroom for the teacher

COST for attending a Public Workshop:
Stages 1&2 and Stage 3
- $195+GST per course per teacher.
Struggling Older Reader  $235+GST  (Includes $80 of resources). 

COST for In-School Workshops
As above plus Return airfares, Rental car, AirB&B accommodation.
You may be able to recoup or share these costs by inviting neighbouring schools to join in.

 

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