Event details: 2018 Middle Years Conference - Get in the Good Books

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Come for the Conference and stay for the books! Hepburn Shire hosts VATE’s 2018 Middle Years Conference, specialising in professional learning for developing your Years 7-10 students’ reading, writing, comprehension, speaking, engagement and enjoyment! In the historic gold mining town of Creswick, you will be exposed to innovative teaching approaches, practical workshops and thought-provoking seminars. In the birthplace of the artistic Lindsay family, be inspired by the picturesque scenery and elegance of the RACV Goldfields Resort venue. A panel session ‘How to get in the good books’ begins the day, before your choice of workshops from a range of teachers, writers, and academics.

Venue: RACV Goldfields Resort Creswick (80 mins from Melbourne CBD)


Make a weekend of things literary and attend the Clunes Booktown Festival, 5th-6th May 2018


Along with author talks, panel discussions and literary luncheons, festival-goers can discover the largest collection of rare, out-of-print and collectable books in Australia, go inside heritage buildings, listen to live music, watch street performers, take a horse and cart ride and try their hand in a scrabble tournament.

The Clunes Booktown Festival is all about celebrating books and the great conversations and big ideas that come from them. The Festival is turning the stereotype of rural towns on its head: from slow, dusty and dry to a hub of ideas and the arts.

RACV Goldfields Resort
1500 Midland Highway
Creswick VIC 3363
Event contact:
Dag Roenning (Mon - Fri) events@vate.org.au (9411 8500) 
Supporting Documents:
Download MYC flyer here.
Price details: Days Cost
Individual member 1 $200.00
Concession member 1 $180.00
Institutional member 1 $225.00


Select each session you wish to attend and when you have completed your selection click 'Add to My Workshops'.

Event Extras: Office Booking  Date: Friday 4 May, 2018
Office Booking. $20 surcharge (Cost $20.00)
Session 1  Date: Friday 4 May, 2018 at 11:00am – 12:10pm
1a: Engaging vocabulary instruction
1b: Learning through talking: How to structure student talk in the MY English classroom to deepen student understanding
1c: Snow White and the seven basic plots
1d: Writing for and about teaching
1e: The Hero Went That Way
Session 2  Date: Friday 4 May, 2018 at 12:15pm – 1:25pm
2a. Better reading for better analytical writing: Responding perceptively to texts in the middle years
2b. Boys, books and bollocks
2c. Engagement in education: Gamification
2d. Supporting students who have additional needs
Session 3  Date: Friday 4 May, 2018 at 2:15pm – 3:25pm
3a. Engaging middle school students in Shakespeare
3b. Mark. Life. Balance: Taking the menace out of marking
3c. Reading the code: Revealing textual meaning through explicit language teaching
3d. The imagined future of the English classroom