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Reshaping the middle years: engagement and achievement is a Course

Reshaping the middle years: engagement and achievement

Starts Oct 13, 2020

$400 Enroll

Full course description

Date and time 

Session one: Wednesday 14 October 2020, 9.30 am to 12.30 pm 

Session two: Tuesday 10 November 2020, 9.30 am to 12.30 pm 


Online – zoom link available 24 hours prior to the event 


This learning event is right for you if you are reviewing or developing an integrated, multidisciplinary middle years program. 


Research in many countries, including Australia and New Zealand report concerning levels of disengagement with learning in the middle years of schooling.  This has a significant effect on behaviour management, student and staff wellbeing as well as academic achievement of students.  These sessions provide design thinking strategies for teachers to engage with ideas that are challenging and relevant to their students whilst also meeting the requirements of state or national curriculum.  We will explore the importance and logistics of transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary learning as well as tools to track and assess students' learning.  Most importantly however, is exposure to strategies to reshape the middle years by developing student agency, action and self-efficacy through involvement in all facets of learning from planning to assessment. 

"Teaching middle school is an adventure not a job." Angela K Bennett (Author) 

Key Takeaways 

  • Strategies to enable student voice and ownership which is fundamental to engagement and wellbeing in the middle years 
  • Ideas to make learning relevant and rigorous and develop learning communities of students and teachers 
  • Ways to develop programs where engaged learners call on knowledge and skills from a range of subjects to address issues of importance and design solutions. 

Presenter Information  

Dr Marcia Behrenbruch 

Marcia has over 30 years experience in Primary, Middle and Upper Secondary education. She has lived and worked in a variety of countries. In addition to her school experience, she worked for the International Baccalaureate as Head of Global Professional Development for the Primary Years Programme and as Head of School Services, supporting the IB continuum of international education from 3 to 19 years of age.  

Marcia’s passion in education is ensuring that learning is relevant, significant, challenging and engaging for children of all ages. She believes that this is the first responsibility of educators, and can still be achieved within national or state curricula requirements.