Rita has worked with both children and staff in our school on thinking skills and strategies and how to get children thinking creatively. We absolutely loved having Rita here and still often refer to the work she did with us. She’s just magic – so positive and inspiring.
New Zealand Testimonials
Professional development for staff needs to be relevant, informative, innovative and fun and we found that Rita Palmer was the ideal person to deliver our PD in this way.
Rita has worked over a number of years in our school covering different aspects of literacy and inquiry learning. The vast experience and knowledge she brings to the role has helped my staff reflect on their practise, make changes and with Rita’s ongoing support, enhance the effective teaching and learning within their rooms.
Whether whole staff PD sessions or as part of our one-on-one development days, Rita has always been prepared to give over and above our expectations. Classroom and group modelling, reflective questioning and personalised mentoring are all strategies that she has used within the school to strengthen teacher pedagogy.
I have no hesitation in recommending Rita to those schools who are looking toward making a positive change to their learning and teaching effectiveness.
A large part of our extensive success in raising the levels of literacy, particularly in the realm of reading comprehension, can be laid at the feet of Rita Palmer. Her ability to increase levels of staff pedagogy, encourage collegial reflection and promote best practice has made an incredible difference to achievement and professionalism.
Rita presented at our combined Cluster Teacher Only Day and she was highly engaging and informative; she tailored the workshop brilliantly to our needs. Rita provided practical activities and lessons which could be readily used in the classroom to maximise student learning and engagement. Rita is a literacy guru and has a wealth of knowledge and experience from which to draw on. When we asked our staff if they wanted Rita back for further PD, the answer was a resounding 'yes'!
Rita has made a significant contribution to the development of writing throughout the whole school. Her knowledge and understanding of how children acquire literacy skills has helped us to reflect and change our practices resulting in improved outcomes for the students.
Rita supports, cajoles, encourages and nurtures staff. Her precise messages are delivered with clarity and have empowered the teachers to deliver quality writing programmes to the children.