Books ALIVE: Literacy with a Twist

Literacy with a Twist and a Wiggle.

When Mr. Snake meets Sunday Chutney, any Aaron Blabey character mash up.

This Professional Development is based on a workshop series that is delivered to schools and in the community across Melbourne. Books Alive‘ brings picture books and stories to life through drama, movement, and music while highlighting Literacy concepts such as;

● Reading comprehension strategies- Prediction, Questioning, Visualisation, Re-tell, Making Connections, Prior knowledge and Think Aloud.

● Beginning, middle and end.

● Setting, characters, problem and solution

● And more…

There are many ways to tell a story. In this workshop, teachers will learn tips and tricks to make the Literacy block exciting and engaging. The activities presented in this program can be tailored to suit students at any level from Early childhood to Upper Primary. Teachers will have the opportunity to start creating their own lessons with colleagues on the night.

AITSL Standards:

Standard 1: Know students and how they learn

Focus area 1.1 Physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics of students. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics of students and how these may affect learning.

Focus area 1.2 Understand how students learn- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of research into how students learn and the implications for teaching.

Standard 2: Know the content and how to teach it

Focus area 2.1 Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the concepts, substance and structure of the content and teaching strategies of the teaching area. Apply knowledge of the content and teaching strategies of the teaching area to develop engaging teaching activities.

Focus area 2.5 Literacy and numeracy strategies Know and understand literacy and numeracy teaching strategies and their application in teaching areas. Apply knowledge and understanding of effective teaching strategies to support students’ literacy and numeracy achievement.

Standard 3: Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning

Focus area 3.3 Use teaching strategies Include a range of teaching strategies. Select and use relevant teaching strategies to develop knowledge, skills, problem solving and critical and creative thinking.

Focus area 3.5 Use effective classroom communication Demonstrate a range of verbal and non-verbal communication strategies to support student engagement. Use effective verbal and non-verbal communication strategies to support student understanding, participation, engagement and achievement.

Standard 4: Create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments

Focus area 4.1 Support student participation Identify strategies to support inclusive student participation and engagement in classroom activities. Establish and implement inclusive and positive interactions to engage and support all students in classroom activities.

About the presenter:

Cathy Koman has been a teacher for 17 years. She is the creator of Mindful Storytelling, a workshop series delivered to schools which combines drama, movement, music and mindfulness. Through her work she has supported students, teachers and parents to adopt a more mindful approach to life and learning. In 2017, Cathy created Books ALIVE, where participants use Literacy strategies, drama and collaborative storytelling to put a twist on some of our favourite picture books. She passionately promotes kindness, self-confidence, creativity and compassion in all her work. It is her intention to support students of all ages to trust in themselves, their creative ideas and bravely put these ideas into action.

Workshop Dates: 


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