Talking about writing

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.’

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,…