How do our VCAL kids learn and what's the best way to teach them?
Engaging VCAL students and progressing their learning can be a significant challenge. In this interactive and hands on workshop we will explore what has the greatest effect on developing VCAL students into active and involved learners.
Lots of resources and strategies to take away will be a feature of the day!
1. Explore what has the greatest effect on teaching and learning.
2. Investigate and explore the applied learning principles.
3. Identify successful strategies for teaching in the VCAL classroom to build rigor and promote thinking skills.
4. Map an integrated project for learning
Being led by Karen Dymke
Karen is a well-known and passionate teacher educator and practitioner, with a wealth of experience. Karen has grounded experience, following positions as Director of Learning at a major independent school in Melbourne, project worker and manager for a number of State wide educational innovations such as the VCAL and the Victorian Applied Learning Association, a lead presenter for the VCAL professional development around the State since its inception, a curriculum writer for the VCAA, VCAL and ACFE, Director of the 'High Impact' Theatre in Education team, and classroom teacher. Her experience has been honored with awards such as Outstanding Teacher of the Year and scholarships overseas. She has a Masters’ Degree in Applied Learning and lectures at Latrobe University in the field.
Karen has completed accreditation as a teaching and learning coach with the highly regarded Growth Coaching International and is currently working in a range of settings, including government high schools, the independent sector and through teaching professional bodies such as the Victorian Applied Learning Association. Her recent projects have also included teaching in a Muslim school in Sumatra to share practice and develop networks to develop partnerships in Asia for both teachers and students. She has also been involved in delivering and developing "Awareness Week" - a social justice program - for schools around Australia.
Karen is known to inspire and enthuse those she works with, always ensuring that not only do they take home many great ideas, strategies and resources, but they also have fun!