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Riverina Exploring HSC English Standard & Advanced Modules Conference

Date: Saturday 20th June, 2015
Time: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Venue: Charles Sturt University
Address: Boorooma Street, North Wagga NSW

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Registration is for a full day.
Registrations close: 5th June, 2015
A cancellation fee of $100 will be charged for cancellations received after the closing date.

Cancellations made on or after Friday 19th June will incur the full registration fee.
An invoice will be issued to your school upon receipt of registration.


Conference Description

This day will explore the new HSC English Prescriptions for the Standard and Advanced Modules courses. Underpinned by a combination of Ritchhart and Perkins’ 'Visible Thinking' (Harvard Project Zero), McTighe and Wiggins 'Understanding by Design' and Gardner's 'Five Minds for the Future', teachers will be introduced to practical programming, teaching and learning strategies that can be used across the Standard and Advanced English courses to create a conceptually focused classroom.

During this conference, teachers will:

  • Develop an enhanced understanding of a number of Standard and Advanced English Modules and prescribed texts.
  • Learn approaches for 'keeping it conceptual' when teaching different Standard and Advanced English Modules.
  • Learn how to make the most of ‘Making Thinking Visible’ routines in the classroom, so as to foster student engagement and enrich the learning experience.
  • Learn about and engage in a variety of HSC appropriate classroom activities.

Each conference participant will have the opportunity to attend 5 sessions.


Session Abstracts

Session 1: Welcome and Plenary: The Conceptual Classroom 

The ability to think conceptually lies at the heart of the HSC English syllabus and is therefore an essential skill for academic achievement in English. Students who are able to demonstrate a strong conceptual understanding or ‘disciplinary understanding’ (whether it be an understanding of ‘distinctively visual’ or ‘intertextual perspectives’ etc.) routinely outperform those who present ‘subject-matter understanding’ (Gardner). As conceptual thinking is an acquired skill, it is important for educators to create learning environments, which maintain the focus on the relevant key concepts and encourage students to develop their ability to anchor their knowledge and ideas to these overarching concepts. In this opening session, teachers will be introduced to a number of practical programming, teaching and learning strategies that can be used across the Standard and Advanced English Modules/Electives to ensure that an understanding of overarching concepts both underpins and remains the focus of study.

Session 2: Approaching Creative Writing for the AOS: Discovery

During this workshop, teachers will be introduced to strategies for teaching creative writing in the context of the new Area of Study: Discovery. This is a valuable opportunity to learn about different writing activities that have been designed to assist students with improving their ability to creatively communicate their conceptual understanding of discovery.

Session 2: Richard III/Looking for Richard as a Textual Conversation

This workshop is designed to assist teachers in their approach to HSC English Advanced Module A Comparative Study of Texts and Contexts: Elective 1 – Intertextual Connections. The main focus of the workshop is how to promote a conceptual understanding of ‘intertextual connections’ through an examination of 3 points of comparison which can be used to demonstrate the connections between Shakespeare’s King Richard III and Al Pacino’s Looking for Richard. The workshop will also showcase a variety of HSC appropriate classroom activities designed to promote student engagement with King Richard III and Looking for Richard, whilst also ensuring students develop skills in comparative analysis required to successfully respond to HSC style examination questions. 

Session 3: The Poetry of Wilfred Owen

This workshop is designed to assist teachers in creating a conceptual approach to the study of Wilfred Owen’s poetry for HSC English Standard Module B: Close Study of Text. With particular on the newly prescribed poems: The Next War, Insensibility and Strange Meeting, this workshop will explore how the collection represents both the development of Owen’s perspective concerning war and his poetic voice and style. The workshop will also showcase a variety of HSC appropriate teaching and learning activities designed to encourage independent critical thinking about the poems, whilst also ensuring students develop their ability to communicate their understanding clearly through their writing.

Session 3: Standard and Advanced Module B - Mastering the Personal Response

The concept of an informed personal response is common to both Standard and Advanced Module B. This workshop is designed to provide teachers with practical classroom strategies for assisting students in the development of an informed personal response to their prescribed text. Suitable for teachers of both Standard and Advanced Module B, this workshop will introduce teachers to a variety of methods for encouraging independent critical thinking that will enable students to successfully interpret texts on their own and communicate their understanding clearly through their written responses. 

Session 3: Related Material for Standard Modules A & C

In this workshop, teachers will be presented with a variety of related texts, suitable for both Standard Module A and Standard Module C. 

Session 4: The Prophetic 'Bad-Land' - 1984/Metropolis

This workshop is designed to assist teachers in their approach to HSC English Advanced Module A Comparative Study of Texts and Contexts: Elective 2 – Intertextual Perspectives. The main focus of the workshop is how to promote a conceptual understanding of ‘intertextual perspectives’ through an examination of 3 points of comparison which can be used as a basis for exploring shared perspectives between Fritz Lang’s Metropolis and George Orwell’s 1984. The workshop will also showcase a variety of HSC appropriate classroom activities designed to promote student engagement with Metropolis and 1984, whilst also ensuring students develop skills in comparative analysis required to successfully respond to HSC style examination questions.

Session 4: The Construction of Cultural Identity Through the Distinctively Visual

This workshop is designed to assist teachers in creating a conceptual approach to HSC English Standard Module A Experience Through Language: Elective 2 – Distinctively Visual. Focusing on Henry Lawson’s short stories and John Misto’s play The Shoe-Horn Sonata, this workshop will explore how these composers have used distinctively visual elements to influence how we perceive and understand Australian cultural identity. The workshop will also showcase a variety of HSC appropriate teaching and learning activities designed to promote student engagement with these texts, whilst also ensuring students develop a strong understanding of the concept of ‘distinctively visual’ and can demonstrate this through their writing.

Session 5: People & Politics - Do Individuals Matter?

This workshop is designed to assist teachers in creating a conceptual approach to HSC English Advanced Module C Representation & Text: Elective 1 – Representing People & Politics. Focusing on the prescribed texts for this elective, this workshop will explore how these composers have represented political perspectives, ideas, events and situations to communicate the impact of individual ideology, agency and values. The workshop will also showcase a variety of HSC appropriate teaching and learning activities designed to promote student engagement with these texts, whilst also ensuring students develop a strong understanding of the concept of ‘people and politics’ and can demonstrate this through their writing.

Session 5: Exploring Transitions in Stephen Daldry's Billy Elliot

This workshop is designed to assist teachers in creating a conceptual approach to HSC English Standard Module C Texts & Society: Elective 2 – Exploring Transitions. The workshop will showcase a variety of HSC appropriate teaching and learning activities designed to promote student engagement with Billy Elliot, whilst also ensuring students develop a strong understanding of the concept of ‘exploring transitions’ and can demonstrate this through their writing.

Session 5: Exploring Transitions in JC Bourke's The Story of Tom Brennan

This workshop is designed to assist teachers in creating a conceptual approach to HSC English Standard Module C Texts & Society: Elective 2 – Exploring Transitions. The workshop will showcase a variety of HSC appropriate teaching and learning activities designed to promote student engagement with The Story of Tom Brennan, whilst also ensuring students develop a strong understanding of the concept of ‘exploring transitions’ and can demonstrate this through their writing.


Inclusions

Registration includes:

  • Tea and coffee on arrival
  • Morning Tea
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon Tea

Teachers will also receive a Conference Pack containing:

  • A course booklet.

  • Materials relevant to the sessions they have enrolled in.

Target Audience

This course is designed for HSC English teachers. It is an excellent programming opportunity for teachers and guaranteed to be a highly useful employment of time.


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Completing this course will contribute 5 hours of QTC Registered PD addressing Standard 2 and Standard 3 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.


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