Creativity and Community

Duration: 2 hours
Audience: Primary and High School Teachers

Community writing projects provide schools with the opportunity to engage parents/carers in student learning and for students to create complex real-life texts that require problem solving, and critical and creative thinking. Participants will be guided through the planning of a community writing project, including the development and implementation of a wide variety of teaching activities and strategies that engage students across the full range of abilities and backgrounds.

Participants will

  • critically examine the development and implementation of a community writing project (Home - Mapping the stories of Redfern) undertaken by the Story Factory.

This investigation will include reference to student activities, community engagement, planning, and student agency in education. The use of Home - Mapping the stories of Redfern (Story Factory, 2014) as a model text will also provide participants with access to a new, original text to be used in the classroom to broaden student understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures. A collection of activities designed for use with Home - Mapping the stories of Redfern will be introduced during the course and each participant will receive an ebook copy of Home.

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NESA OUTCOMES - PROFICIENT

1.2.2 - Structure teaching programs using research and collegial advice about how students learn.
1.5.2 - Develop teaching activities that incorporate differentiated strategies to meet the specific learning needs of students across the full range of abilities.
2.4.2 - Provide opportunities for students to develop understanding of and respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and languages.
3.7.2 - Plan for appropriate and contextually relevant opportunities for parents/ carers to be involved in their children’s learning.

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