The joy of writing; writing is more than just work for achieving an outcome.
‘Swapped at Birth’: an art exhibition which was part of the Adelaide Fringe Festival.
Our work in literacy does not have to have our students tied to a desk, involved in tedious or mind-numbingly repetition and practice.
2019 – new year, new ideas, new perspectives. There will be some retreads and updates of oldies but goodies in everyone’s practice. And we can predict there will be a comeback for some of the repeatedly discredited same old same olds. There are ideas and mantras that keep turning up like uninvited guests. They have…
If you are doing any sort of a road trip with your family this year, the question ‘Are we there yet?’ is one which might become very familiar. The landscape can slip by while we concentrate on our driving, on the need to stop for food or fuel or toilet breaks, and the car talk,…
Talking and listening in the classroom is really the bread and butter of what we do as teachers and learners. While we, the formal assessors, together with the world at large (including parents), might value the written word over talk, and certainly accept the written word for evidence of learning (appropriately constructed, of course), it…
Dialogic teaching, a term created by Dr Robin Alexander in the early 2000s, harnesses the power of talk to stimulate and extend students’ thinking and advance their learning and understanding.
Two recent publications from the Primary English Teaching Association Australia (PETAA) have contributed to the topical subject of classroom talk, or ‘dialogic teaching’, which emphasises the ‘natural affordances and opportunities that dialogue gives children to learn.’
Written text can be like music – creative and exciting, thrilling and moving.
The voices and ideas of the teachers, academics, writers and children at PETAA’s ‘Professional Learning Intensive’ “Writing the Future” radiated from the ‘pages’ of their presentations.