Teacher Aides Supporting Early Readers and Writers, with Andy Butler
While the teacher remains responsible for their students' learning and behaviour, teacher aides often undertake the task of working with high needs students in guided or instructional settings. This can be challenging without understanding the behaviours and strategies that lead to becoming effective readers and writers.
This workshop will support teacher aides to understand reading and writing processes and provide knowledge to enable them to interact with students in a way that maximises learning opportunities.
Participants will also be directed to support material to further develop their personal expertise.
There will be an opportunity to design a learning experience for a student in their context, and time will be allocated to collaboratively address personal challenges faced in the role of supporting literacy for these learners.
Andy Butler is a literacy facilitator with Tools 4 Teachers. She has a wealth of experience in teaching and has recently been leading a team of teachers at a large Auckland primary school. She was also the school co-ordinator for the Graduate Diploma students as well as a mentor teacher for a number of beginning teachers within her previous school. In the past, she has also been a facilitator in the Numeracy Project.