Diving Deeper Targeted online workshops
The topics of this series of 90 -minute targeted workshops have been specifically developed as a response to questions frequently asked of me in the schools I visit, questions that arise once you dive in and get beyond the ‘shallows’. These topics are not covered in much detail in the Access workshop. Each workshop stands alone, and each is repeated so you can choose a time that suits you. Scroll down for full descriptions.
- Tooling up
- The remarkable <e>
- Double trouble
- Why is <y> so special?
- It's all relative
- Play makes it stay
Dates and Times:
Each Targeted workshop is repeated to suit different timezones.
- Session A: 6:30 am Tuesdays and Thursdays Indochina time (Bangkok time). This is Monday and Wednesday afternoons/evenings in the US.
- Session B: 3:00 pm Tuesdays and Thursdays, Indochina time (Bangkok time).
Please check the schedule to ensure you know the time and day in your region for each workshop.
Session A times
Session B times
Targeted Workshops Cost
Individual workshops: $40 USD approx.(charged as HKD)
The Diving Deeper Series of 6 workshops: $200 USD approx. (charged as HKD). Register for the series and get 6 workshops for the cost of 5 plus 3 free lesson plans from a choice of 12.
To register, choose the workshop series, or workshops, that best suits your learning needs and your time zone, click on the button below and proceed as requested. You will then be emailed specific details.
Diving Deeper Targeted Workshop Series - Session A - 06:30 Indochina Time,
Diving Deeper Targeted Workshop Series - Session B - 15:00 Indochina Time,
Diving Deeper workshop details
The matrix, the word sum and spelling-out loud: Why are these Word Inquiry tools important?
The aim of this workshop is to increase your confidence in using Word Inquiry tools that consolidate morphological understanding. Starting with boxing the base and word webs, we’ll move to writing word sums and learning the hows and whys of morphological matrices. Participants will hone your skills in creating a matrix. Ideally come with an A3 piece of paper (or large whiteboard) and some post-it notes.
The Remarkable <e>
<bake>, <love>, <one>, <recipe>, <hoarse>, <baking>: what’s the point of the <e> (or lack of) in these words?
The aim of this workshop is to increase your confidence in understanding the myriad of ways the letter <e> functions in English words. It’s our most frequently-used letter and is frequently not even pronounced. We’ll examine the range of ‘jobs’ it has at the end of a base and investigate what causes <e> to be replaced when suffixing.
<swimming>, <spelling>, <bubble>, <odd>, <meet>, <allocate>: why are some letters doubled in words?
The aim of this workshop is to increase your confidence in analyzing the structure of words, examining both the morphemes and the graphemes. Focusing on letters that are double in various words is an interesting way to hone this skill. We’ll investigate the doubling of vowel letters, why some bases have double consonants and how to determine what causes a consonant to be doubled when suffixing.
Why is <y> so special?
<my>, <bicycle>, <candies>, <happy>, <yesterday>: why do we even have the letter <y>?
The aim of this workshop is to increase your confidence in understanding the letter <y> and in particular its relationship with the letter <i>. We will investigate when we would use <y> instead of an <i>, when <y> is considered a consonant and when a vowel, and the suffixing convention of toggling a <y> with an <i>.
It's All Relative
<father-patriarchy>, <describe-description>, <question-equestrian>: are these words related and if so how?
The aim of this workshop is to increase your confidence in distinguishing morphological relatives from etymological relatives and distinguishing words that look related but really aren’t. We’ll start with some easy connections you could explore with younger or less experienced students, then move to more obscure ones, practising using Etymonline to determine relationships.
Play Makes It Stay
Circle games, lesson breaks, exit tickets, energizers: Having fun while ‘practicing to make permanent’.
The aim of this workshop is to increase your confidence in using games and activities to consolidate orthographic concepts. Getting students moving is helpful to cement learning pathways. We’ll explore ways we can facilitate retrieval rather than just reviewing concepts. Participants will be encouraged to contribute a 5-minute game or activity they have used successfully with their students.
Everyone is welcome! While the Targeted workshops are designed for those who already have some level of training and experience, anyone can attend.
All workshops will be run online via Zoom. Once you register you will receive the details to join the meeting. If you have never used Zoom before you will be guided to download it prior to the meeting. Respectfully, I ask that you have one person only per registration - and therefore one person to a device. Email me if you wish to register 2 people and sit together with one computer.
There will be a 10-minute window prior to each workshop when participants are encouraged to join the meeting and a 10-minute window at the end of each workshop when interested participants can remain and ask further questions.
terms and conditions
- Refunds will only be provided for cancellations 24 hours or more prior to the workshop.
- Participants are responsible for ensuring they can use the online platform satisfactorily.
- Workshops are not to be recorded by participants.
- Materials are intended for use by workshop participants only.
- wordtorque has the right to use photographs of participants in the online workshops unless specifically requested not to at time of registration.