These podcasts explore evidence-based practices and focus on quality teaching of literacy and numeracy through a series of conversations.
The assessment of reading
Members of the department’s literacy team outline the student reading assessments available to department teachers, how these assessments support identifying reading behaviours and strategies of students, and how to use assessment feedback to inform targeted teaching [Duration: 19:22].
Listen to let's chat about the assessment of reading.
Decodable texts in the classroom
Year 1 teachers from Cronulla Public School talk about how they use decodable texts in their classrooms during guided reading sessions and for independent practice of the strategies that students are being taught [Duration: 16:03].
Listen to using decodable texts in their classrooms.
Vocabulary for reading instruction
Listen to Dr Danielle Colenbrander chat to us about vocabulary for reading instruction [Duration 26:52].
A conversation with Professor Anne Castles about the systematic and explicit instruction of phonics. Anne explains how phonics can support early reading acquisition, as a foundation skill that helps students learn to read [Duration: 28:17].
Oral language, phonological awareness and phonics
A two part discussion with speech pathologist Jane Beale
In part 1, Jane discusses how oral language is the system used for spoken words to communicate ideas, knowledge and emotions. It has a strong relationship to reading and writing and is recognised as a component of early reading instruction.
In part 2, the conversation moves into phonological awareness, and phonics and how these components work together for effective early reading and writing instruction.
In this conversation, Dr Tessa Daffern explains why an instructional approach for spelling should include phonological, orthographical and morphological word forms. Effective spelling instruction should be explicit and occur frequently from the early years of school [Duration: 21:10].
Listen to the conversation with Dr Tessa Daffern - Teaching spelling.
Eddie Woo discusses the importance of student engagement, and defines what this means, explaining the research and giving some practical advice [Duration: 23:54].
Listen to the conversation with Eddie Woo - Student engagement.
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