Archive for 2021

Literature Circles: Webinar Video

Tuesday, 17 August 2021 at 8:00 am

Literature Circles webinar

Our recent free webinar, ‘Introduction to Literature Circles’, examines this powerful reading approach in which small discussion groups are comprised of students all choosing to read the same work of fiction.

Student discussions are guided by role cards or prompts which support students to think about the text in different ways and engage in meaningful conversations. As self-reliance develops, students become less reliant …

Writing TEEL OR PEEL paragraphs

Thursday, 22 July 2021 at 11:27 am

Many students learn to apply the PEEL or TEEL structure for constructing nonfiction paragraphs.

Sentence Chart – Point Sentence

The structures have been particularly popular in supporting students to write persuasive essays, discussions and arguments, as the structure provides a framework for constructing individual, main-idea paragraphs which transition smoothly to the next main idea. As a result, student essays contain clear, focused paragraphs in which sentences are …

Teachers’ Aides Reading & Writing: Video Presentations

Wednesday, 2 June 2021 at 10:10 am

We have recently completed production of two new video presentations. These are ideal for Teachers’ Aides unable to attend our face-to-face workshops and great value.

Both presentations were recorded live in 2021 and are targeted specifically to the role that aides/assistants play in developing the reading and writing skills in young students.

Angela Ehmer – Teachers’ Aides Reading Workshop
Teachers’ Aides Reading

Included:

30-day access to the 10-part video …

Writing: Reviewing and Editing

Monday, 29 March 2021 at 10:24 am

We are pleased to share some charts to assist students to revise and edit their writing.

Writing: Reviewing, Revising, Refining Chart – Capitalisation
ARMS

The ARMS strategy supports students during the revision stage. The acronym stands for Add, Remove, Move, Substitute. It prompts writers to review, revise and refine their writing to improve their clarity. Writers are reminded to consider whether:

additional words or sentences will improve reader understanding
removing …