Professional Learning

Like any professional, effective educators are need to be continually accessing professional development and learning. This is particularly true in the field of literacy because there is a constant stream of new research and information. Morgan et al. (2019) suggest that in looking for knowledge and inspiration the following elements should be taken into consideration: […]

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A parody (also known a spoof, take-off, play on words, or joke) is designed to make fun of an existing piece of writing, artwork, music, subject, person or cultural practice. It is believed that parodies originating in ancient Greece. The Greek root ‘par’ means ‘beside’ and ‘ody’ refers to an ‘ode’ or ‘song’. In ancient […]

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Text Difficulty and Comprehension

In this recently published research, Lupo et al. (2019) examined whether easy or challenging versions of texts, when accompanied by different types of instructional support, improved adolescents’ reading comprehension. Two hundred and ninety-three ninth-grade students were provided with 12 weeks of intervention in which teachers were randomly assigned to teach one of two instructional strategies […]

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Many words in English (and other language) are a reflection of natural sounds (or our interpretation of natural sounds) – onomatopoeic words. Frogs croak, cats meow, horses whinny. Quite a few words in English reflect the sound of frustration or discontent – grrrr. Think of words such as grumble, grunt, growl, grouch and grudge. Groan […]

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Fidget and Learn

A study by Sarver et al. (2015) has found that children with ADHD performed better on tasks that require concentration when they sat in a swivelling chair.  However, for typically developing children, the opposite was true in that the more they moved the more poorly they performed.  The authors believe that allowing ADHD children to […]

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