11 April 2020: Navigating Pedagogy

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean

Ship: Ovation of the Seas

Dates: 11 – 20 April 2020

Duration: 9 nights from Sydney

Destination: South Pacific & QLD

PD Hours: 15

Suitable For: K-12 Proficient Teachers

Cruise to the South Pacific and Queensland on Ovation of the Seas while participating in our NESA Registered 15-hour PD workshop for K-12 Proficient Teachers. This fabulous 9-night cruise will depart Sydney on 11 April 2020 (during NSW school holidays). All PD sessions will occur during the sea days, allowing plenty of time to enjoy the cruise and wonderful ports.

Sea turtle
Think Learn Act

Navigating Pedagogy

Learn the latest in teacher pedagogy and student thinking processes and enjoy guided opportunities to apply the theory to your own lessons and programs. This professional development course, provided by Think Learn Act, will focus on four key areas to help teachers plan for students to participate in deeper thinking activities.

Completing this course will contribute 15 hours of NESA Registered Professional Development towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW. Think Learn Act is endorsed to provide NESA Registered Professional Development for teachers accredited at Proficient Teacher level.


  • Teaching with Purpose (4-hour course)

  • Teaching for Deeper Thinking (4-hour course)

  • Thinking Assessment and Feedback (4-hour course)

  • Putting the Brain in Gear (3-hour course)

For expanded information, please click the “Itinerary & CPD Sessions” tab.


  • Achieve 15 PD hours
  • Certificate issued outlining sessions and total hours attended
  • 9-night cruise from Sydney to the South Pacific
  • Complimentary tote bag, lanyard, pen and notepad
  • Complimentary and exclusive cocktail party
  • Complimentary group photo and farewell dinner (subject to availability)

Navigating Pedagogy

Royal Caribbean International
Ovation of the Seas

9-Night Cruise & PD course

Visiting the South Pacific + QLD

11 – 20 April 2020


11 April 2020 | Saturday

Embarkation: Welcome Aboard!

Guest Welcome Reception and Conference Registration (click to expand)

Upon boarding the ship, meet your Cruise Seminars host and presenters at our Welcome Desk to register for the event. You’ll also receive a complimentary Cruise Seminars tote bag, lanyard, notepad and pen! Now settle in, explore this magnificent ship and enjoy our departure from Sydney.

5:00pm Ovation of the Seas departs Sydney

9:00pm Social meet ‘n’ mingle for all guests and their cruising companions

At sea

12 April 2020 | Sunday

9:00am – Presentations:

Teaching with Purpose - 4 hour course (click to expand)

Setting Expectations

NESA Standard Descriptors 3.1.2, 3.2.2, 3.3.2

Focus: How do we set and achieve higher learning expectations for students?

Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe – Understanding by Design
Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey – The Purposeful Classroom
John Hattie, Robert Marzano and others – Learning Intentions/Goals/Objectives
Kalantzis and Cope – Charter of Change

This session will present a highly structured approach to programming curriculum and planning lessons to make the learning process transparent for all involved in the process. It has been repeatedly demonstrated that when students know the intention and context of their learning they achieve at a higher level. Half of the time will be dedicated to programming and planning Learning Intentions and Success Criteria for teachers’ own lessons.

(Includes a morning tea break)

Evening: Exclusive cocktail reception, food and beverages provided with our compliments!

At sea

13 April 2020 | Monday

9:00am – Presentations:

Teaching for Deeper Thinking - 4 hour course (click to expand)

NESA Standard Descriptors 3.1.2, 3.2.2, 3.3.2, 3.4.2

Focus: How do we encourage students to engage in deeper thinking processes?

Harvard’s Cultures of Thinking
Howard Gardner – The Disciplined Mind
Guy Claxton and more

This session will present the philosophy and resources of Harvard’s Cultures of Thinking and other specific strategies that encourage students to think deeper as part of the learning process. There will be considerable time dedicated to implementing these strategies into teachers’ own lessons.

(Includes a morning tea break)


14 April 2020 | Tuesday

Noumea, New Caledonia - Arrive 8:00am Depart 5:00pm (click to expand)

Noumea is the capital city of the French territory of New Caledonia and it is one of the largest ports in the South Pacific. It is situated on a peninsula in the south of New Caledonia’s main island, Grand Terre, and is home to the majority of the island’s European, Polynesian, Indonesian, and Vietnamese populations. The city lies on a protected deep-water harbour which serves as the chief port for New Caledonia.

Mystery Island

15 April 2020 | Wednesday

Mystery Island, Vanuatu - Arrive 8:00am Depart 5:00pm (click to expand)

Mystery Island is a small, uninhabited island in Vanuatu’s Tafea Province. The official name is ‘Inyeug’ and is located approximately 0.5km from the larger, populated island of Aneityum. The island boasts white sand, snorkelling and swimming opportunities or you could take a leisurely walk around the island (approximately 45 minutes). The island features a grass airstrip, used by the US Military during World War II and is still used by general aviation aircraft today. When cruise ships visit, the locals come across from the larger island of Aneityum to set up huts, selling handicrafts and clothing.

At sea

16 April 2020 | Thursday

09:00am –  Presentations:

Thinking Assessment and Feedback - 4 hour course (click to expand)

NESA Standard Descriptors 3.2.2, 3.3.2, 5.1.2, 5.2.2, 5.5.2

Focus: How do we provide feedback to students without sucking up all our time?

Christopher Black and Dylan Wiliam – Formative Assessment
Robert Marzano – Formative Assessment

This session will present the purpose and implementation of formative assessment practices. It will include methods for providing meaningful feedback that will guide students forward in their learning. There will be time dedicated to writing formative assessment tasks for teachers’ own classes.

(Includes a morning tea break)

At sea

17 April 2020 | Friday

9:00am – Presentations:

Putting the Brain in Gear - 3 hour course (click to expand)

Establishing a positive environment to prepare students for learning

NESA Standard Descriptors 3.2.2, 3.3.2, 4.1.2, 4.2.2, 4.3.2

Focus: How do we prepare our brains and our students’ brains to be ready to learn?

Marc Brackett (Yale) – Emotional Intelligence
Stuart Shanker (The MEHRIT Centre) – Self Regulation
Carol Dweck (Harvard) – Growth Mindset
James Nottingham – The Learning Pit

This session will be about understanding where students are at when they enter the classroom in terms of emotions and stress levels. The presentation will include some time for discussion about the various signs of emotional stress students exhibit and strategies for dealing with them. It will also involve how we can check our own stress levels and through monitoring them, manage them better. Once teachers’ stress levels are lower they are better equipped for helping students to manage their own. The second half of this session will focus on participants applying the theoretical content and concepts to their own lessons and programs so they will be ready to implement what they have learned into  practice.

Evening: Farewell group dinner for all guests and their travelling companions (subject to availability)


18 April 2020 | Saturday

Brisbane, Australia - Arrive 8:00am Depart 5:00pm (click to expand)

Brisbane has the culture and skyline of a major metropolis without attitude – with great nature and beaches nearby. Opt for urban explorations or head to the hills, rainforest or renowned Gold Coast for other types of experiences.

At sea

19 April 2020 | Sunday

Your final day of the cruise is at your leisure – enjoy your day!

Evening: Farewell group dinner for all guests and their travelling companions (subject to availability)


20 April 2020 | Monday

6:30am Arrive Sydney

We trust you have enjoyed this PD course and wish you a safe onward journey home.

Disclaimer: All views expressed by presenters in any Cruise Seminar event are those of the presenters, and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of Cruise Seminars. The liability of Cruise Seminars is excluded where there are factual errors, misrepresentations or omissions in any presentation. Cruise itinerary, session times, presenters, and content are correct at time of publication and subject to change at any time due to circumstances outside the control of Cruise Seminars.

Navigating Pedagogy

Our Navigating Pedagogy workshop will be presented during the at-sea days of your cruise by Shani Hartley from Think Learn Act and Jennie Mitchell.  Think Learn Act is endorsed to provide NESA Registered Professional Development for K-12 teachers accredited at Proficient Teacher level.

Shani Hartley


Shani is a secondary school teacher in Sydney, Australia. She mainly teaches Economics, Business Studies, Commerce and Society & Culture. Additionally, she has been a faculty leader, an online school manager and part of an Innovative Learning Team (ILT). Shani has a strong desire for students to learn to think critically and problem solve. She also enjoys helping teachers develop new curriculum and pedagogical practices. Shani has a Master of Education and a Master of Arts. In 2018 she commenced her post-graduate research journey at Macquarie University.

Think Learn Act
Jennie Mitchell


Jennie is a Specialist Support Teacher, currently teaching in the Hunter Valley of NSW. She spent 15 years teaching in Sydney, mostly at SSP schools for students with emotional and behavioural disabilities. Jennie has been a PBL coach, leader of primary transition teams, Assistant Principal and a NAPLAN marker. She has a Master of Education in Inclusive Education, with a focus on providing support to mainstream classroom teachers who are integrating students with emotional and behavioural disabilities into mainstream settings. Jennie has supervised numerous student teachers as they complete their practicum experience in this area and promotes a pragmatic approach to managing ED/BD students in mainstream settings.

Navigating Pedagogy

Our conference venue:

Royal Caribbean International

Ovation of the Seas

Ovation in Sydney

Marvel at one of Royal Caribbean International’s newest ships – Ovation of the Seas. Launched in 2016, the Ovation of the Seas offers guests a variety of unique activities, entertainment and dining options. Experience the North Star for panoramic views 90m above the water, be amazed at the Bionic Bar as robotic arms mix your favourite drink or indulge in mouth-watering food at Jamie’s Italian restaurant. Ovation of the Seas has it all!


  • Multiple dining options including Jamie’s Italian, American Icon Grill, Coastal Kitchen, Chops Grill plus much more!


  • More than 7 bars including the Bionic Bar powered by Makr Shakr®, multiple lounges and entertainment venues


  • North Star: Take yourself to new heights with the jewel-shaped capsule that gently ascends over 90 metres above sea level giving breathtaking 360° views of the sea


  • A choice of pools including an adults-only solarium pool – a glass canopied retreat


  • Indoor pool with retractable roof


  • 67 metre outdoor poolside cinema screen


  • Staterooms include twin beds that can covert to a Royal King bed, a flat-screen TV, sitting area, private bathroom, wardrobe and writing desk.
*Some activities and dining options may incur an additional charge. Information correct at time of publishing. Please refer to the Royal Caribbean International website for additional information.


Maiden Voyage: 2016

Guest Capacity: 4,905

Decks: 18

Length: 348m / 1,141ft

Tonnage: 168,666 GT

Two70 Lounge
Ovation Solarium

Navigating Pedagogy

In conjunction with our booking partners at Ecruising, we have selected a limited number of rooms on board the ship in various categories. Choose an interior room for the best value, an ocean-view room for panoramic vistas, or indulge in a balcony room and relax in your own private sitting area. Bring your family and friends! Guests who are not participating in the conference only pay the cruise fare component.

Please note: If you or your school requires a separate invoice for the course and/or cruise components, please advise us once you have booked and we can arrange this for you.


Interior rooms with virtual balcony feature two single beds that can convert to a double, a private bathroom, TV and writing desk, and a high-definition screen that spans nearly floor to ceiling, providing real-time views of the ocean and destinations. DISCLAIMER: Room images are for illustration purposes only. Actual room layout and design may vary.


1 passenger:   $2,670^ pp (cat.4U)

2 passengers: $1,430^ pp (cat.4U)

3 passengers: SOLD OUT

4 passengers: SOLD OUT

+ Course fee: $649^


RCI Oceanview
Oceanview rooms feature a large window, two single beds that can convert to a double, bathroom, TV and writing desk. DISCLAIMER: Room images are for illustration purposes only. Actual room layout and design may vary.


1 passenger:   $2,770^ pp (cat.2N)

2 passengers: $1,480^ pp (cat.2N)

3 passengers: SOLD OUT

4 passengers: SOLD OUT

+ Course fee: $649^


Balcony rooms feature your own private balcony, two single beds that can convert to a double, bathroom, TV and writing desk. DISCLAIMER: Room images are for illustration purposes only. Actual room layout and design may vary.


1 passenger:   $3,310^ pp (cat.6D)

2 passengers: $1,750^ pp (cat.6D)

3 passengers: $1,365^ pp (cat.GTY)

4 passengers: SOLD OUT

+ Course fee: $649^

Please note: Category GTY rooms sold as “Guarantee Basis”, which means your stateroom number will be allocated at the discretion of the cruise line either close to the date of the sailing or on the day itself. You will be guaranteed a minimum standard of cabin (indicated by the cabin grade booked). We are not able to accept any special requests regarding the position or configuration of the cabin. If you are travelling with others, there is no guarantee that cabins will be located close together or will be of the same grade.


Can’t see your preferred cabin category here? Please contact us or call our booking partners at Ecruising on 1300369848 for fares and availability on other room categories.

ˆAll prices are quoted in Australian dollars, per person in complete cabin unless otherwise indicated, and inclusive of all taxes. All prices & itineraries are current at time of publishing & subject to change without notice. A deposit of $100 per person is required to confirm your course registration and a $275 deposit per person is required to confirm the cruise component. Deposit must be paid by the due date stated on your invoice to avoid auto-cancellation. Course places and cabin availability is limited. The course must be booked in conjunction with the advertised cruise and all bookings and payments are to be made exclusively through Ecruising. A surcharge of 1% applies to payments made by Visa, Mastercard, American Express and PayPal. Direct-deposit options also available. Final payment due dates as per invoice. Cancellation penalties apply. Conditions apply.

11 April 2020: Navigating Pedagogy

Royal Caribbean International – Ovation of the Seas

11 – 20 April 2020

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