Today’s post is going to be short and sweet.
Things have been very busy here but I have been learning a lot and have started being able to share some of my knowledge with others which is both exciting and positive. I apologise for the lack of posts but I will endeavour to be more active from now on – message me if I am getting too quiet 🙂 If there is an area or topic of interest as well please let me know 🙂
Term 2 has begun and things are feeling a lot more settled. The kids (as usual) are FANTASTIC and are straight into learning – I LOVE IT! Our technology is all working without any hiccups (touch wood), I am coming to grips with the Australian Curriculum and everything is running smoothly.
This post however is not about my first term in an international school and the ups and downs of living in a new country (maybe that can be next). It is however about my latest in school professional development that I have attended which has re-inspired me.
Our session focussed on the teaching of reading. It refreshed to me some exciting and relevant ideas to teach reading. The major things I picked up from it were the major reasons WHY we teach to read and HOW we teach reading. If I could share one thing from the session that I believe is critical to any teacher, it would be: Teach children how to read, teach children why to read but most importantly teach children the strategies they need to be a GREAT reader.
Thank you Janet for inspiring me and my colleagues to get back to the ‘grassroots’ and focus on the specifics of reading strategies. So much important information and research is out there about how to teach reading and strategies that we need to jump on it and refresh ourselves for the benefit of the children in our care.
In addition to this I would like to refer everyone to Reading Comprehension Strategies by Sheena Cameron. I have attended many of Sheena’s session in NZ and use her book every week in my classroom (even over here in Singapore) – truly inspirational and easy to use materials and ideas.