Turning the Tables with Student Voice

Student Voice is a pedagogical approach where you work towards giving students a voice which is listened to and valued within the classroom to allow them to own the learning process. It aims towards developing problem solving skills and critical and creative thinking skills. It encompasses flipped learning where the teacher is having the students…

ANZAC Day 2017

Two books which it seemed appropriate to save for this year’s commemoration – both of them not to be missed. Kokoda: Younger Readers edition – Peter FitzSimons OCT 25, 2016 | 9780734417435 | RRP $14.99 Hachette Australia Imprint: Lothian Children’s Books Journalist Peter FitzSimons has proven himself as Australia’s top non-fiction writer, consistently leading bestseller…

Q Station, formerly known as the Quarantine Station at North Head, was the perfect setting for the NSW English Teachers’ Association inaugural Writing Teachers Retreat. Formerly a place of infection and despair, the revitalised Former Men’s Smoking Room was our primary writing space for two days at the beginning of these April school holidays. As […]…

The curious case of explicit writing instruction

This weekend, I was honoured to give a talk at the Language, Literacy and Learning Conference organised by the Dyslexia-SPELD Foundation in Perth. Regular readers of this blog will not be surprised to learn that the subject of my talk was explicit instruction. Specifically, I discussed evidence that explicit instruction is more equitable than implicit…

Literary theory and the postmodern turn

Originally posted on Kelli McGraw:
The following is an extract from my PhD thesis, part of a series I am publishing on this blog discussing the background of some contested territory in English curriculum. ***** Literary theory and the postmodern turn As explained [previously], critical reading was one of the significant additions to the study…