Talks offered by Toni Noble and Helen McGrath

Each year Toni and Helen are invited to present a range of talks, workshops and keynote addresses.
Toni is based in Sydney and Helen is based in Melbourne. Toni is endorsed by the NSW Institute of Teachers as a registered provider of Professional Development.  To discuss booking a presentation you can email Toni at, and Helen at or contact


Workshops open to everyone

Pearson Professional Learning

offer 2 workshops in different states across Australia & over the school year

1. The BOUNCE BACK! Workshop: Click here for information on these talks.


2. The HITS & HOTS Workshop:


High Student Engagement & Positive Relationships

HITS are High Impact Teaching Strategies & HOTS are Higher Order Thinking Strategies. A highly engaging and experiential day that workshops a number of cooperative learning strategies to demonstrate how to embed ACARA’s general competencies in any curriculum from Year 3 to Year 12: critical & creative thinking, ethical behaviour, personal and social competence, and intercultural understanding. Learning is made visible and peer & teacher feedback is facilitated through the use of innovative teaching strategies. These strategies apply the evidence for good teaching and learning by John Hattie (2009) and Robert Marzano (2003).


Typical One Day Workshops for Schools

(9.00 to 3.30)


Schools can contact or or to book any of the following workshops for your school, or school cluster.


Teaching young people to ‘bounce back’. A curriculum-based approach

Focus: Primary and Middle School


Life is a bumpy journey and everyone experiences setbacks and makes mistakes. All students face challenges in learning and in relationships; and some face more major challenges. Students and teachers need to learn the skills to bounce back. This workshop explores practical strategies to embed the teaching of social-emotional learning skills and resilience in the primary and middle school curriculum through the use of children’s literature, cooperative learning, IWBs, songs and other activities to help students learn academic skills, social skills, emotional regulation and resilience.


Therese Joyce also runs the BOUNCE BACK workshop:


Teaching Strategies for Improving Student Relationships and Achievement

Focus: Primary and Secondary


This highly experiential workshop identifies practical teaching and innovative teaching strategies that can improve student wellbeing at the same time as improving learning outcomes. All the teaching strategies demonstrate the principles of cooperative learning and link to recent research on good teaching:

  1. Students with optimal levels of wellbeing are more likely to be academically successful.
  2. Evidence-based approaches to teaching (e.g.drawing on the work of research by John Hattie & Robert Marzano) lead to better learning outcomes, higher levels of student wellbeing and re- energised teaching.
  3. These approaches are most successful when translated into innovative, contemporary and effective classroom teaching strategies that are fun and engaging, focus on higher order thinking, build relationships and teach social skills.

The workshop presents practical and successful classroom strategies that address these three key principles.


Positive Education. Student Wellbeing for Student Learning

Focus: Primary and Secondary


What’s the connection between student wellbeing and learning? The research evidence is clear: when students feel positive about school, have good relationships with their teachers and peers, and see their learning as purposeful, they are more academically engaged and achieve more.  This course outlines teaching strategies to embed the five PEPs pillars of positive psychology in the educational curriculum: Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), Engagement of strengths, Relationships, Meaning & purpose and Achievement.  


Building Safe & Supportive Schools

Focus: Primary and Secondary


This workshop overviews the latest research on the nature and extent of school bullying including cyberbullying. The major focus is on ways schools can make their schools safe and supportive teaching and learning communities to facilitate student and teacher wellbeing and reduce the risk of litigation.  Links will be made to the Safe Schools Hub.


Teaching Social Competencies

Focus: Primary and Secondary


  • An update on the most recent (and startling) research about the link between social competencies and academic outcomes
  • Ways of embedding social competencies into the curriculum and the general life of the classroom
  • The newest and most effective strategies for teaching specific social skills
  • The most important social competencies at specific year levels Strategies for developing pro-social learning environments
  • Activities for teaching empathy and perspective taking Checklists for assessing social competencies
  • Using literature to teach social competencies Developing social competencies through co-operative educational games    


Different Students, Same Classroom

Focus: Primary and Secondary


How do we cater for students with learning difficulties to gifted students who are all in the same classroom? How do we actively engage a diverse range of students in the same curriculum? Why is curriculum differentiation crucial to student engagement and success in the 21st century? This workshop shows how to get the most use out of our practical curriculum-planning tool using the Multiple Intelligences/Revised Bloom frameworks.  Toni and Helen were the first in the world to develop the MI/Bloom planning tool for curriculum differentiation in 1994 and revised it in 2005.  Teaching strategies that are highly engaging for all students and promote higher order thinking will also be workshopped.    


Behaviour Syndromes  (Helen only)

Focus: Primary and Secondary


This workshop focuses on practical approaches to identifying, managing and supporting students with a range of behaviour syndromes. There is a particular focus on students who demonstrate behaviour in classroom settings which is consistent with a diagnosis of:  

  • ADHD
  • Conduct Disorder/Oppositional Defiant Disorder
  • Asperger’s Syndrome
  • Anxiety Disorders (Including Social Phobia)
  • Depression