On Tuesday, September 29th, 2 concurrent PD sessions were held at Ardtornish Primary School Gym.
The first session, “What to do after level 30” was a 2-hour presentation on how to use children’s literature as the focus for the classroom reading program. The topics ranged from how to select a “Just Right” book to record keeping for both teachers and students, book trailers and classroom libraries. Scholastic, a CBCA SA Branch sponsor supported the event with free giveaways, a chance to win a poetry pack and the opportunity of a free copy of a Donalyn Miller book. Another sponsor, Greenlight Comics kindly gave each attendee a comic pack to take away.
There was an hour break for lunch, after which the second afternoon session, “A Mixed Bag” Arts PD 3-hour presentation began. There were 2 guest presenters, Kristin Martin, poet and Lauren Mullinder, illustrator who gave wonderful hands on presentations on poetry writing and dragon drawing.
A variety of presenters gave informative talks with examples on how to connect the arts and writing to children’s literature, in particular the 2020 Short list and Notables books.
At each presentation a raffle was held where the winning prize was original artwork by Greg Holfeld and Greg kindly donated signed copies of his books as part of the prize.
The PD committee worked very hard setting up the Ardtornish School Gym and it was transformed into an exciting and welcoming environment.
The “Mixed Bag” Arts PD PowerPoint is now ready for sale for $20 on our website.
Thank you to Brenda George, Lauren Mullinder, Kathryn Beilby and Kate Jones for the many hours of work they spent making the art, the PowerPoint and setting up the gym. Thank you to our SA Branch Director for helping with the heavy lifting.