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

Working with Letters, Sounds and Words in our Classrooms

Working with letters, sounds and words are important components of literacy instruction in our classrooms. Emergent students need explicit and incidental instruction around the alphabet and sounds, to improve their alphabet knowledge and phonological awareness.  Conventional students need to learn how words work. Below is a checklist I use with teachers in working through the

Balanced Literacy for all: Guided Reading Resources

This is a very quick blog post to let you know that I have recently added a bunch of new resources about Guided Reading onto a new Guided Reading page on my website. (Edited: This is now renamed comprehension instruction) Guided Reading at Adelaide West Special Education Centre Guided Reading Resources Guided Reading: Learners with

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