Ready for a deeper look into Walker Learning? This 3-day intensive takes a closer look at Walker Learning in action. In addition, the first day is devoted to the WHY and HOW of a play-based pedagogy and the third day focuses on setting up Environments.
Weds 20th & Thurs 21st Jan 2021
10.30am - 4.30pm AEDT
10.00am - 4.00pm SA & NT
9.30am - 3.30pm QLD
7.30am - 1.30pm WA
Fri 22nd Jan 2021
10.00am - 2.00pm AEDT
9.30am - 1.30pm SA & NT
9.00am - 1.00pm QLD
7.00am - 11.00am WA
Ready for a deeper look into Walker Learning? This 3-day intensive takes a closer look at Walker Learning in action. In addition, the first day is devoted to the WHY and HOW of a play-based pedagogy and the third day focuses on setting up Environments. Complete 16 hours (excluding breaks) of PD to put towards your Walker Learning Accreditation.
Day 1 (full day): Play Matters - The Importance of Play (Preschool to Year 2)
Dr Dee O’Connor will discuss the importance of child-initiated and self-directed play experiences, and how educators can optimise young children’s learning through a play-based pedagogy. Dr Dee O’Connor is an Associate Professor of Education at the University of Notre Dame, Australia – specialising in Early Childhood Education. Dee holds over 25 years of experience in the field within a variety of positions across early childhood practice, policy and academia.
This session includes our Walker Learning Overview which is an introductory presentation for primary teachers and leaders wanting to optimise children’s learning through a play-based pedagogy. It explores key elements of Walker Learning in the early years of school (ages 5 - 8).
Day 2 (full day): Walker Learning Virtual Study Tour (Preschool to Year 2)
The Virtual Tour takes you to a school where you will observe students and teachers in action, demonstrating the Walker Learning Approach. You will observe: tuning in, reflection, the learning environment, focus children and reporter and photographer. Further professional learning by our consultant follows, including unpacking the core elements of the pedagogy and using a virtual showcase of the core elements from Walker Learning classrooms across Australia.
Day 3 (half day): Creating Engaging & Intentional Learning Environments
How do we create engaging and meaningful environments that promote and sustain children’s learning through play? This session explores the importance of creating spaces that nurture and inspire whilst facilitating learning. You will also see examples of how to add and use everyday materials within a realistic budget to assist children in their learning, engagement, and exploration both indoors and outdoors. This session includes a presentation by Dr. Michael Nagel on the importance of creating spaces that nurture and inspire learning.
Australian Professional Teaching Standards: 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.5, 3.4, 3.6, 3.7, 4.1, 4.2, 5.4, 6.2, 6.3
Ideally suited for educators who are new to or early in their Walker Learning journey and working with children from 3 to 8 years.
NSW Teachers & Leaders
Completing and logging the “January Intensives” with NESA prior to 5th February, will accumulate between 10 and 16 hours of PD hours to be transferred towards teachers’ new NESA Accredited PD requirements, regardless of when your maintenance of accreditation is due.
The Walker Learning Pathway
The Walker Learning Approach is a journey and is best implemented through a pathway of PD modules which can be attended online or delivered as customised sessions to your school.