Professional Learning for Teachers – innovative, engaging, authentic, purposeful
Learn | Collaborate | Connect
Learn | Collaborate | Connect
Who am I?
My name is Andrea and I am a Learning and Teaching consultant based on the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Australia.
I love being a teacher! In my 33 years as an Educator I have had many opportunities. In my schools, I have enjoyed the roles of Curriculum Leader, Learning and Teaching Coach and Assistant Principal. A highlight was being a member of writing teams and the presenter of statewide Curriculum initiatives.
The best part of my work now is that I get the opportunity to collaborate with so many educators across Australia, and beyond!
I am continually inspired to write and share teaching ideas. I have authored numerous teaching resources including 7 books. My latest passion is my Book Club. Each month I have the privilege to write and publish a swag of teaching ideas for a quality text – this is bliss for me!
I am committed to plan and implement an inclusive approach to professional learning that everyone wants to be part of. Inspiring and empowering my colleagues to transfer new learning to their classrooms!
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What they say
'The Backbone of our Professional Learning'
Andrea has been the backbone of professional learning at our school for many years, across all curriculum areas. Whether it be from improving teacher content knowledge in place value, to unpacking mentor texts in Reading and Writing or investigating skills through Inquiry, Andrea has always provided highly engaging and practical professional development, tailored to our school’s needs. Her ability to integrate department initiatives and align this with our local area requirements, as well as her ability to work with a variety of key staff from leadership, all the way through to graduate teachers, is second to none. Andrea has worked with school leadership to delve into data and challenge our thinking, and then identify professional learning needs which has then been delivered in engaging whole staff curriculum days and targeted learning with PLCs and small groups. Her ability to successfully model with students the very strategies discussed in professional learning is always a highlight! I look forward to continuing to learn from such an inspirational professional!
– Gerard Brick, Learning Specialist
'A Wonderful Way of Presenting'
Andrea has an incredible wealth of knowledge around developing engaging learning experiences and takes the time to discuss how it will best suit the needs of your students. She has a wonderful way of presenting new and exciting ways to capture student interests and an abundance of strategies that allow for students to have success with their learning.
– Carly, Primary School Teacher
'Informed by best practice, well planned and expertly delivered'
Andrea’s sessions are always informed by research of best practice, well planned and expertly delivered. Be it for the classroom, a team of teachers, leaders or a large group of educators, her sessions are highly engaging and never off the shelf. Andrea challenges our thinking and leaves us with very practical and actionable steps to move forward.
– Ashwini Sharma, Principal
Teaching is not a delivery system. It’s an art form.
– Sir Ken Robertson
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Takeaway Teaching Ideas
BUTLEIGH FARM Written by Di Hickleton Illustrated by Melanie Macilwain View Di’s website – www.butleighfarm.com.au I have had the pleasure of knowing Di for many years! It is so exciting to have Di collect and generate engaging ideas from her beautiful picture story...
Here We Are - Notes for Living on Planet Earth Oliver Jeffers One of my all-time favourite books and authors! View the story In this edition I have explored the book as a mentor text for writers. I have listed the trait, goal with page number and evidence within the...
Back to School Tortoise Lucy M George Happy New Year Everyone! Every time I share this story the audience LOVES the ending! An awesome book to share on the first day of school with colleagues and students. The story is about a tortoise who is afraid of going back to...