ALPAA

Accelerated Literacy Practitioners' Association Australia

BRAINWAVES 2018: Scaffolding academic language

The first of the 2018 ALPAA Brainwaves series will run from 9th -13th April. It is hosted by Helen Harper and Bronwyn Parkin, and is based on the recent research project with the same name, funded by the Primary English Teachers' Association of Australia (PETAA). The project focused on building on the scaffolding theory and practice used so efficiently in the Accelerated Literacy teaching sequence, and applying it to the learning areas of science and maths with two groups of students identified statistically as educationally marginalised: remote Indigenous students in Arnhemland, and ESL students in metropolitan Adelaide. 

Brainwaves events begin with some sort of discussion starter. For this event, it's a 50 minute video of a symposium presented by Helen last year at Charles Darwin University. Participants watch the video before the discussion, then take part in online discussions for the week beginning 9th April. Some starter questions are provided, but you can ignore them completely if you want. All members are welcome to contribute, or register and 'stalk'. There is no requirement that you make a comment if you would rather observe.

Helen and Bronwyn will monitor the discussion group each day for that week. 

Registration links are available under the green 'Professional Development' banner on the members' home page (see the 'house' logo in the top banner). You have to be a member to take part, and once registered, all necessary information will be emailed to you. 

We look foward to another robust discussion.