Word Walls: Using the Word Wall

Last month I wrote about getting your word wall ready for use.  Now they are ready – we need to use them.  There is no point having a word wall that you don’t use! Word Walls are an important resource for conventional readers and writers.  Our job, as educators, is to teach them how helpful

Word Walls: Getting the resources ready

In the next couple of weeks in Australia and New Zealand, our schools will finish their summer holidays, and students and teachers will return to the classrooms.  This means that lots of teachers are currently getting their resources together for the new school year ahead – including me. For students who are conventional readers and

Shared Reading: Focus on Interaction

Shared reading is a collaborative learning activity that emulates and builds on the bedtime book experiences that many children and parents have together. The focus during shared reading is on the interaction. Shared reading is appropriate for any emergent reader, no matter their age and can be done individually or in small groups. Focus on

Predictable Chart Writing: Group Writing for All

Recently I have been talking a lot to teachers about doing group writing in their classroom. As teachers implement a balanced literacy program in their classrooms, it is important that writing happens daily – and that writing happens for real reasons.  Writing is one of the most complex tasks that we ask students to do. 

Literacy and AAC Presentations from AGOSCI 2013

Yesterday I was very lucky to present three papers around the topic of literacy instruction for students with complex communication needs (CCN) at the 2013 AGOSCI Conference. The first presentation was with the awesome Dr Sally Clendon.  Sally and I both do similar consulting roles – although Sally is based in Auckland, New Zealand. We

Self-selected Reading for Early Readers of All Ages

Today’s post is brought to you by the two guiding rules of self-selected reading. It isn’t self-selected if you don’t choose it yourself. You can’t get better at it if it’s too hard. One of the literacy activities that we want students to engage in is self-selected reading. Self-selected reading has many purposes: it gives