Engagement, Thinking & Understanding Workshop

A practical workshop for whole school groups looking to maximise student learning outcomes through explicit teaching and learning design and orchestration.
Target Audience
Teachers and curriculum and pedagogical leaders in schools K-12.

Learning Areas

Teaching Standards

General Description

The content of the course provides teachers with an in-depth and practical experience of effective engagement & critical thinking for classroom teachers.

The emphasis is on modelling easy-to-implement techniques for hooking students, scaffolding critical thinking and practising these thinking tools in different subject areas and/or age groups.

Establishing positive mind frames in students and promoting a culture of inquiry are also addressed and a strong feature of this course.

Schools choose to emphasise components to fit school plans and teacher needs.

Participants will see a wide range of activities modelled include simple daily teaching routines, grouping and orchestration, feedback and differentiated teaching.

The consultancy can be tailored to context for the school group e.g. K-3, 4-8, K-6, 7-10, 1-12 or other teaching and learning formats.
It is informed by current research base routes to quality teaching practice:
David Perkins, John Hattie – teaching for understanding and visible thinking, learning design
William Glasser, Martin Seligman, Daniel Goleman, - positive psychology, human needs and behaviour
James Zull, Carol Dweck -plasticity, mindsets, teaching and learning frameworks


Teachers and curriculum and pedagogical leaders in schools K-12.

Available Delivery Formats

This course contributes to 5.0 professional development hours.


Enquire whether this course can run in your organisation or school


Tuning In: Field and Context

1 hour

Session 1 is a close analysis of current research and the context of the school.

Teachers are the major players
Integrating professional knowledge
Connection to context
Connecting to participants’ current practices and strengths

Going Broader

2 hours

Session Two – Critical Thinking
Strategies and Practices
Modelled strategies
Extending the ideas in context
Challenge, personality, application and mindset

Feedback and Instruction

2 hours

Designed to fit school practices and plans
Culminating from the work done by the teachers or staff completing the course and reviewing or planning

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About the team

Allison Pegus


Allison is TTA’s Professional Learning Manager for Onsite Services.

She works as a full time Learning Professional in education and training in Australia and internationally.

Allison designs and conducts school workshops in Student Engagement, Teacher Judgement and Building Collaborative Expertise in Schools.

Or have Allison work with you to create a consultancy especially for your school goal, staff.

As first and foremost an expert teacher and facilitator Allison has maintained her focus on teaching and learning, curriculum design and delivery and teacher quality from multiple perspectives.

Allison’s work with schools is informed also from her leadership and management background:
• Principal of Australian independent primary schools
• Consultant with the Association of Independent Schools NSW,
• Director of Tournament of Minds NSW,
• State President and Chair of Professional Development with the Independent Heads Associations NSW & Tas
• National Executive Member of Australian Primary Principals Association of Australia, APPA, for 6 years.
• School Evaluation Team Leader and Workshop leader for the International Baccalaureate in the Asia-Pacific region.

Allison has a B.Ed. and M.Ed. in Language and Learning and she is a Certified Professional Coach and MBTI Practitioner.

She founded, Learning Professional Consulting in 2012.

Sabreena Taylor


Sabreena has been a successful consultant with TTA since 2008. Her current roles include providing tailored professional learning and consultancy services in Instructional Practices Inventories (IPI – student cognitive engagement and higher order thinking), strategic planning, school evaluation, change management, classroom practice, ICT and History. In 2015 Sabreena traveled to the United States to train with IPI developer, Professor Emeritus Dr Jerry Valentine of the University of Missouri, and is now the only certified teacher trainer for IPIs in the Asia-Pacific region.

Sabreena is the Professional Learning Consultant- History/Civics and Citizenship as part of the quality assurance team at TTA. Sabreena has presented at both State and National conferences on topics such as user engagement in workplace online learning, augmented reality and using data in schools including Instructional Practices Inventories.

Sabreena’s career in education has been varied, contributing at local, regional and State levels. In her 32 years in education Sabreena has been a head of History, regional Quality Teaching Consultant and Professional Learning and Leadership Coordinator with the Education Department of New South Wales.

Sabreena’s work has included developing online learning, the implementation of the Australian Curriculum and designing and delivering a wide range of courses registered with the NSW Institute of Teachers. Her most recent role was as School Planning and Performance Advisor in the Learning, High Performance and Accountability directorate developing online solutions for effective school planning, monitoring, evaluation and reporting.

Sabreena has been able to feed her passion for all things History through forming networks of History teachers, Ancient History HSC marking, developing ICT History resources and, of course, travel. Sabreena has also been Head judge during the standards setting process for the Ancient History HSC.