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Literacy educators Sharon and Phil Callen discuss the seven 'timeless T’s' of literacy instruction that empower teachers and engage students in their literacy learning.
Finding the right tools and techniques is crucial for teachers to engage every student in literacy learning, according to literacy experts Sharon and Phil Callen.
In this podcast episode Sharon and Phil cover a range of literacy learning insights and strategies, including:
"How do I engage every child in literacy learning?"
With literacy learning, what do teachers want? They want their kids to be engaged. They want to cater for all abilities and motivations.
Our approaches to literacy learning
It's not about a blanket program that works for all. Not every child is the same. Some approaches are better than others - Sharon and Phil have discovered this over years of teaching.
In the Cue toolkit, revealed to you on this podcast, there are some great tools and techniques that will enhance these approaches.
How do we know which approaches work best?
Over the years, Sharon and Phil have seen first hand the increase in engagement of the kids in their classes and those they work with. When students own their own learning, they are more engaged.
Sharon and Phil talk about the three selves – self-motivated, self-regulated, self-directed.
This is just a broad start!
Getting started with 7 Timeless T’s of Literacy Instruction
In this episode, Sharon and Phil go through each of these as an overview and give ways they have worked in classrooms and give techniques/tools that have been useful. Listen in now!
You can subscribe now on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or your favourite podcast player.
Each episode, we’ll be drawing on our 30 years+ of literacy teaching and consulting experience to provide you with practical insights and resources that you can apply in the classroom straight away. We’ll also be bringing in regular amazing guests to share their literacy learnings and stories.
The first two episodes are up now …. Tune in now.
We’d love your feedback and ideas, so just hit reply with any thoughts … and feel free to forward this email on to your teacher friends!
Sharon and Phil Callen
Cue Learning & Teachific
The Teacher’s Tool Kit For Literacy is the free podcast for motivated teachers and school leaders who want the latest tips, tricks and tools to inspire their students and school community in literacy learning.
Literacy experts and founders of Cue Learning, Sharon and Phil Callen, along with their special guests, provide practical literacy insights that you can apply in the classroom today.
At Cue Learning, our literacy specialists draw on over 30 years of teaching and international consulting experience to deliver world-class learning solutions. We equip, empower and support teachers to become their authentic selves, using the fullness of the Australian Curriculum.
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This updated resource includes the new 'Consistent Lesson Structure' for understanding the different literacy lesson components and also a previous 'Literacy Block Planner' which you can use to design your Reading, Writing and Word Work lessons.
They are effective planning tools using the 'Gradual Release of Responsibility' model. They allow for great flexibility when integrating ALL aspects of literacy.
Also see the video (8 mins) to view how a Year 4,5,6 teacher uses it effectively in her classroom.
These resources include the following structure:
1. Read Aloud
2. Mini Lesson (using the Tally Chart)
3. Independent Reading - using the strategies in their own reading
4. Reading conferences
5. Reflection and Sharing
6. Spelling and Word Work
8. Reflection and Sharing
Go to this LINK on the Teachific site.
Cue Learning will help you implement this framework in your school to better integrate all aspects of literacy
Call us now on 0400799255.
Sharon Callen is an experienced teacher, author and literacy consultant. Since 2000 she has worked in schools in Australia and the USA helping improve literacy learning by explicitly modelling in classrooms and guiding leadership.
Phil Callen is Executive Director of Cue Learning, and former Executive Director of the Council of Education Associations of SA and Secretary of the Australian Professional Teachers Association.
They both active teachers and principal consultants with Cue Learning, an education consultancy which provides highly practical, research based professional development for teachers and leaders in schools.