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Back to the classroom

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected us all. Many members of our school community have been exposed to trauma, and will need care and support during the transition to whatever the new ‘normal’ is. We need to make sure we don’t overload our students (and ourselves) as we return to what has been familiar. In this…

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Taking a break

Bookshops are the best place to take a break. All you need is a couple of hours with nothing else that needs to be done. Usually best on your own. Sometimes you have to just do it. Even only 15 minutes or so, in that calm, internalised pleasure palace, can be enough. Children introduced early…

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The world continues to turn …

And, thank goodness,  books continue to be published, read, and loved. Reading has been described as the perfect lockdown-in-COVID-19-activity. In these difficult times, it is worth reminding ourselves, and our students, that:  “Reading is an act of civilization; it’s one of the greatest acts of civilization because it takes the free raw material of the…

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All Australian

The range of English literature, English literacy research, and reading resources that is available to teachers in Australian schools is rich and extensive. Any work we want to prepare for our students, whether in a time of online learning, or for working on in the classroom, is improved when it is based on reliable sources.…

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Look who’s reading!

Here’s an idea to bring to your school. I found it while travelling, and was impressed with its potential. It starts with the question of just who is reading in your school? Students, of course, using whatever scheme/program/model favoured in your school. Teachers, naturally, reading important stuff, poring over the keyboard/tablet/smartphone. Reading to students with…