Igniting children's imaginations in the classroom

25 November 2009

22 teaching staff from Kogarah PS, Athelstane, PS, Wilkins PS, Picnic Point PS, Condell Park PS, Condell Park HS, Yagoona PS, Wattawa Heights PS, Marrickville HS and Marrickville IEC said that they felt "reinvigorated and recharged" after attending a Drama and Literacy workshop developed and facilitated by Professor Robyn Ewing, Acting Dean, Faculty of Education and Social Work for the Compass program earlier this week.

The workshop was a trip down memory lane for some teachers who were undergraduates at the University of Sydney and taught by Professor Ewing. Teachers were asked to bring their favourite picture book or novel for the workshop with Where the Wild Things are proving a crowd favourite. In an educational climate where the pressure of 'teaching to the test' is keenly felt by teachers, those attending the Drama and Literacy workshops were reminded that incorporating dramatic techniques and utilising authentic texts provided the key to unlocking the imagination of a young person and supporting their discovery of deeper meaning in literacy.

The value of this workshop for attendees was clear and Compass and the Faculty of Education & Social Work hope to deliver a series of extension workshops around similar themes in 2010. Compass would like to take this opportunity to thank Professor Ewing sincerely for her support of the Compass program and for sharing her enthusiasm and expertise with our teachers in the program.