Twilight Workshop: Scaffolding student learning conversations

Sabreena Taylor
Student learning conversations is THE most effective teaching strategy yet only used 1-5% of class time. Learn how to scaffold and assess high order student discussions
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Teaching Standards

General Description

High order student conversations are the most effective form of learning. This course equips teachers to facilitate and assess student learning conversations including how to use the most effective scaffolds.



Available Delivery Formats

Format Description

This is a 3 hour after school format.

This course contributes to 3.0 professional development hours.


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Session 1: The importance of and options for student learning conversations

1 hour

In this session we will briefly look at the evidence relating to the significant effectiveness of student learning conversations as a teaching strategy and review the options.

Session 2: Facilitation strategies and flexible groupings

1 hour

In this session we investigate strategies for creating genuine opportunities for student learning conversations such peer metacognition and reflection; questioning techniques; and scaffolding of student discussions.

Session 3: Monitoring and assessing student learning conversations

1 hour

In this session we will examine ways to monitor student learning conversations: strategies to assess the process (assessment for learning) and product (assessment of learning).

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About the team

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.