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9.30am - 3.00pm - Log on between 9.15am and 9.30am Victorian Time

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Year 12 English Teachers

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Year 12 English: Practical Strategies for Improving Student Essay Writing

By their final year of high school, Year 12 students have ‘rusted on’ writing habits that are sometimes hard to shift. This workshop explores dozens of purpose-built activities for changing these habits and helping students of all abilities transform their essay writing.

In this workshop you will:

  • Discover techniques for guiding students to write in a simple, clear voice that is both authentic and engaging.
  • Learn how to teach students to find structure in their ideas – rather than ‘shoe-horn’ their ideas into a pre-exiting structure.
  • Identify small changes of phrasing, word choice and sentence construction that can radically improve the quality of a student’s extended answers.
  • Trial learning activities specifically designed to help students avoid common essay-writing traps such as writing in the passive voice, drifting into paraphrase and failing to properly support your analysis.
  • Explore techniques for both helping struggling students experience growth – as well as supporting students whose essay writing has reached a plateau to continue to improve the fluency and impact of their writing
  • Discuss activities to help students independently proof their work and actively follow up on your feedback
  • Study techniques for reducing the workload associated with correcting essays and increasing the speed and effectiveness with which you mark.

You can purchase a copy of Glens latest book “Classroom Dynamics” by clicking on this link:

Presented by Critical Agendas

Glen Pearsall

Glen Pearsall is a leading secondary school teacher and an acclaimed presenter of professional development for classroom teachers across Australia. Glen has a particular interest in the development of young teachers and has also developed and delivered a program of renewal for mid-career teachers. His expertise is in high quality instructional practice, and the development of classroom cultures based on sound pedagogy and educational research. He has been a board member of the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority, and has worked as a research fellow at the Australian Youth Research Centre. He is also the author of the highly acclaimed “And Gladly Teach”, an inspirational and practical book on creating supportive and cooperative classrooms.

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