Shelley Davidow - Sydney Rudolf Steiner College, Sydney

NSW Education Standard Authority - Sydney Rudolf Steiner College

Approaching Literacy through Creative Writing, Years 1-6

Please note the previously advertised October 24th 2017 date has been postponed until 2018.

Completing Approaching Literacy through Creative Writing – Years 1- 6 will contribute 6 hours of QTC Registered PD addressing 1.1.2, 2.5.2 and 3.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

Course Overview

Course Title: Approaching Literacy through Creative Writing, Years 1-6

Course Code: NCWP

Presenter: Shelley Davidow

Venue: Sydney Rudolf Steiner House, 307 Sussex St Sydney


Individuals: $300

Schools: $270 per teacher

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Course Dates

Date: Please contact the College on 9261 4001 or email to express interest for 2018 dates.

Course Outline

This course enables primary school teachers to create teaching strategies for literacy by using creative writing as a methodology, using their knowledge of students’ developmental context as a base from which to create well structured, effective programs that engage students, improve learning outcomes and support literacy development. In this course, an explicit and progressive set of exercises, plus peer and self-review, enable a collaborative approach to teaching and learning that builds on students’ current abilities, understanding that in any given year there is a five to six-year difference in academic capability. The collaborative approach helps the students understand how to progress from their current skill level. The hands-on exercises in creative writing provide teachers with tools and skills to create well-structured, progressive programs in literacy that promote optimum learning not dependent on students in a class being at the same developmental stage.

Dr Shelley Davidow

Dr Shelley Davidow is originally from South Africa. She holds a Masters in Education and a Doctorate in Creative Arts. An award-winning author of 41 books, she writes across genres. Her work includes children’s fiction, young adult fiction, and a range of non-fiction texts including the internationally acclaimed Raising Stress-Proof Kids, (Exisle Publishing, Australia, UK, 2014), her biographical memoir Whisperings in the Blood (University of Queensland Press, 2016) and Playing with Words-an introduction to Creative Writing Craft (Palgrave Macmillan, UK, 2016).

She has been a teacher for the past twenty years and is a trained facilitator in Restorative Practice. She runs workshops internationally and currently teaches into the post-graduate programs in the departments of Education and Creative Writing at the University of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland Australia.

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Teachers please note:

The teacher is responsible for ensuring the PD completed has been recorded in your online account with NESA.

You will need your 6 digit Accreditation Number  – your login number found on your membership card.

You will also be required to complete an evaluation form on the NESA website in addition to our feedback form.

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