Words words words

I had the great pleasure of delivering a session at the 2022 PETAA ‘Leading with Literacy’ Conference last weekend, as part of the 50th ‘Birthday’ celebrations. The conference title was ‘’From babble to Batavia & beyond’, and we experienced a selection of amazingly informative and inspirational presentations on aspects of literacy. My topic was Vocabulary…


Resources for text & reading

PETAA Annual Conference The theme for PETAA’s 50TH year is Looking back- moving forward and this conference will focus on supporting students to develop strong communication and literacy foundations – from first speech, learning language through play and experimentation, to the skills needed in learning to read, then what is required when students read to…

Books with laptop

It’s Book Week!

EVERYTHING you need to know about Book Week is at the CBCA website with the list of all the winners and Honour books for 2022 (and previous years too). As well, PETAA (Primary English Teaching Association Australia) has Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) guides, and there is a link to teaching units of work…

Book in library with open textbook,education learning concept
Flexibility. Childhood and dream concept. Conceptual image with child and shadow on the yellow studio wall. Little boy want to become ballet dancer, artist in theatre or businessman, office man.

Viewing & Reading

I have had time to explore two major resources to explore or consult when you need them. No, I’m not going to comment on either the dire situation for staff in our schools, COVID or the weather. Viewing 2022 Literature Symposium: The excellent online 2022 Literature Symposium advocating for the power and pleasure of literature…


The importance of writing

These items have come across the laptop in the last couple of weeks – a report on a survey on writing in the classroom, the ACTF My Place writing competition, an opportunity for a workshop with author Deb Abela, and a reminder about the PETAA Literacy Conference Writing in Australian classrooms First, the results of…

Back view of a little boy standing on ladder and writing with chalk on the backboard in school class