Annette Gray is a literacy consultant and adviser. She has many years’ successful teaching experience in classrooms K-10 across Australia and in international settings.

Group of children reading

Reading for inference – the beginnings

Reading for inference, inferential thinking, begins well before children are required to draw meaning from written and visual texts at school. This type of thinking, making inferences about our world, is used all the time by everyone. We learn to make considered – and often not quite so considered – judgements and assumptions about people,…