Term 3, 2019
Thankyou for your interest in Growing Up Greatness news!
Since the launch of our new website early this year, business has been booming and we have been working with a lot of new schools and organisations. Our one day and three courses in Gifted Education and Differentiation continue to be very popular and we are looking at running these again in 2020. Please contact us if you would like to be put on a contact list for any of our courses, to be notified when 2020 dates are confirmed.
We are already starting to take bookings for student-free days in 2020, so be sure to get in early if you are hoping to run some professional learning for your staff on a student free day. Remember it is always easier to pencil in a date than to feel disappointed when the date you want is already booked! For busy dates, we always have a list in order of when inquiries came in, so if you are first on the list, we will contact you to ask if you are still interested if someone else cancels.
Hot topics that schools consistently want to learn more about continue to be differentiation in the classroom, differentiating assessment, and acceleration and strategies for specific gifted and talented students, particularly students who are 2e (twice-exceptional). Schools who have been practicing differentiation for some time, are now interested in the big picture of how to sustain these practices over time, including linking differentiated classroom practice to planning, programming, assessment, policy and reporting.
Schools are finding it is important to ensure that they are not inadvertently sending opposing messages to staff about differentiation. For example, when staff on the one hand are being told to cater for student diversity in their classroom practice, but on the other hand messages and policy about assessment reinforces that all students should sit the same assessment at the same time in the same way. These discrepant messages are confusing for teachers, and so the challenge is for schools to be examining how the messages about differentiation and catering for student diversity is consistent and confirmed. It is always exciting and rewarding to see teachers have ‘ah hah’ moments when they realise they have permission to differentiate assessment and see how this makes their classroom strategies so much more meaningful and rewarding for them.
It was great to present earlier this year at the Dyslexia-Speld Foundation (DSF) Conference. This is an outstanding conference with a strong research base, and we came away challenged to reinforce the message of explicit teaching as best practice for students, within the context of differentiation as not every student in a class will need the same explicit teaching!
We have a few regional trips coming up, including Geraldton (July), Albany (July) and the South-West (November), and will be presenting at the upcoming Tasmanian Gifted and Talented Conference in September. Please contact us if you would like to organise professional learning in your regional area or at your school.
Remember to check out our upcoming courses and professional learning and we look forward to seeing you at a course or at your school!