Inspiring strategies to revitalise junior English

Ron Thomas
Director and Faciliator of Speak with Power
Add an arsenal of new strategies for English? Transform the learning environment? Go deeper than ever gone before? Not only enjoy, understand but create great poetry?
Target Audience
English teachers years 5 - 10. Any teachers wanting to increase the breadth of their skills or who are looking to refresh their pedagogy

Learning Areas

Teaching Standards

General Description

The crème-de-la crème of English lessons.
All these strategies have been trialled in all types of classes – from the best to the worst. All are matched to the appropriate Curriculum standards
• Great ways to make the basics memorable.
• Sure-fire writing tasks that will have students producing their best-ever pieces.
• Multi-level lessons that engage all learners.
• Strategies to make poetry teaching a breeze.
• Extension activities that really stretch.
• Visual approaches that make learning stick
• Oral work that makes learning fun and challenging
• Using Drama to enhance learning and increase motivation
• Engaging with the real world to ensure quality
• ICT based lessons that are really worthwhile


English teachers years 5 – 10. Any teachers wanting to increase the breadth of their skills or who are looking to refresh their pedagogy

Available Delivery Formats

Format Description

A lot of the activities are highly interactive. Drama is used. Lighting sound and visuals are also important

This course contributes to 5.0 professional development hours.


  Start Date Location Availability Price    
Enrol Now 04/12/2019 Sydney CBD Places available $379 + GST Enrol Now
06/12/2019 Sydney CBD Rescheduled $379 + GST


Inspiring High Quality Writing

1 hour and 30 minutes

Involving all intelligences to produce great ideas
Unlocking the sub conscious to inspire wonderful writing
Journalism as a stimulus to produce powerful pieces

Teaching the Basics memorably
English Grammar game
Kinesthetic Punctuation
Complex Sentence video

Real World Inspiration
5 Powerful Activities
Submission to a Commission
TED talks

Brain Facts and their relevance to writing

Inspiring great Poetry Writing
Rhetorical devices

Creating Environments, Visuals and Action that Enhance Learning

1 hour and 30 minutes

Powerful Poetry Contexts
Candle lit Play reading
Poetry Detective
Running an Effective Poetry Slam Videos – Boys and Girls in action

Visual Strategies for text Teaching
Colour Coding: Essay/Criteria/TEEAS
Chunking/Relationship and Thematic Diagrams

Drama as Writing Stimulus
Yes But/Laban

Outside the Box

1 hour and 30 minutes

ICT that takes you out of the Classroom
Flat connections

Team Work and Self Teaching
Think Tank Race
Public Speaking Immersion

Great resources
Debatabase/5 Persuasive steps/Essay structures

What To Bring

Tablet or laptop with supplied electronic manual. Writing materials.

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About the team

Ron Thomas


Australia wide Facilitator and Key note speaker for various Teacher Training providers in the Australian Curriculum, English, Writing, Drama and Debating.
Facilitator for G.A.T.E.WAYS gifted and talented students programs nationwide. Author of ‘Engaging Students in Drama’ Phoenix Education. Workshop presenter for VATE and Drama Victoria. My business runs seminars in Public Speaking, Leadership and Debating skills for students. I also run in school seminars for staff in the above plus English in the Australian Curriculum. Published Feature writer and poet.