The unit explores the process of teaching fiction and non-fiction texts, from initial teacher reading to classroom delivery. Through a series of lectures, interviews, workshops, and activities, participants will investigate different reasons for selecting texts for study and consider how to structure student learning in the classroom and online. Each week the unit will model effective teacher practice demonstrating text selection, syllabus and concept identification, learning structures, and activity sequencing, and discuss methods of measuring students’ skills, knowledge, and progress. This unit will provide participants with opportunities and support to develop their own teaching and learning resources, will be mapped against the AITSL standards, and will be led by educators with extensive experience in producing resources for the classroom and for publication.
Each session will consider a fundamental question of text selection and conversations (lectures and tutorial discussions) will explore this question with reference to a particular text/s. The unit runs over three days, with two tutorials a day. Lectures are pre-recorded and readings will be available online.
Exploring Text Selection and Engagement (Coraline, Neil Gaiman)
Genre and the Democratisation of Texts (You versus Wild with Bear Grylls)
Coming of Age and Classroom Concerns (Moonrise Kingdom, Wes Anderson)
To teach or not to teach: classics and canonicity (Persuasion, Jane Austen and Twelfth Night, Shakespeare)
Novels, Text Selection, and High Stakes Testing (Cloudstreet, Tim Winton)
Disruptive Modes and Teaching Methods (Kae Tempest)