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Tuesday Tip - Frontload Learning

In today's Tuesday Tip, I discuss daily review in the classroom, and how it is important and can be used to prepare students for upcoming lessons, helping struggling learners by reinforcing previously taught concepts to better manage new material..


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Daily review is an incredibly important and valuable structure to have in your classroom. But had you thought about the fact that you can use that review time to frontload for extension and learning to come? Her…

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S3 Ep25 - Shifts to move to a structured approach in Years 3 to 6 Part 2



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Well hello. Thanks so much for joining me in this episode of the Structured Literacy Podcast, which is part two of our two-part series about shifts to make in a structured approach to literacy in years three to six.

In our last episode, I shared guidance for adjustments that we can make in word-level knowledge and spelling instruction and in how we choose text and run a reading lesson. In this episode, we'll continue our exploration of shifts in practice, focusi…

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Tuesday Tip - Visuals on a lanyard

In today's Tuesday Tip, I discuss using visuals to gain students' attention and enhance communication, especially for those with autism, auditory challenges, etc., by keeping them handy on a lanyard.


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So it's Tuesday and that means there's another tip coming your way. Being a teacher is really hard and getting children's attention can be one of the most challenging things that we do. Today I want to talk about the power of visuals to do that.

If you have a…

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S3 Ep24 - Shifts to move to a structured approach in Years 3 to 6 Part 1



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Hi there, welcome to the Structured Literacy Podcast. I'm Jocelyn, and it's wonderful to welcome you to this latest episode recorded here in Pataway, Burnie.

Right now in Tasmania, it is almost mid-winter, the Ugg Boots are out, the fire is lit and we are snuggling up against the cold. That doesn't mean that the hard work of supporting teams in their structured literacy journey stops, though.

In the last episode of the podcast, I shared a suggestion of the ord…

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TT - Transcription at Student Level

Tuesday Tip - Transcription at Student Level

In today's Tuesday Tip, I discuss encouraging students to represent their knowledge at their current transcription level, rather than forcing them to write full texts.


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Hello and welcome to this week's Tuesday Tip. When we're working with our young writers or writers of any age at all, it can feel like there's a huge amount of pressure to get everybody writing a full text, whether they have the transcription skills for that or not. One of the ways that you can shif…

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S3 Ep23 - Supporting Your Year 3-6 Team to Board the Bus



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Hello and welcome to the Structured Literacy Podcast coming to you from Pataway, Burnie, the lands of the Palawa people.

The road of robust, explicit, structured teaching is not an easy one.  It is full of bumps and sharp turns that can take us by surpriseI say the road of and not the road to, because there is no magical destination where everything is effortless. There is no finish line we cross and then all challenges end.

Helping our teams grow their prac…

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TT - Be Strict When Assessing Phonics

Tuesday Tip - Be Strict When Assessing Phonics

In today's Tuesday Tip, I discuss being careful with assessment in phoneme grapheme correspondence, stressing not to prematurely label students and to ensure they can quickly and confidently connect graphemes to phonemes during evaluations.


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Hello there. Welcome to another Tuesday Tip. My name is Jocelyn. When we're assessing our students, one of the things we need to really be careful of is to make sure that we don't say they have something until they actually…

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Phonics Program Evaluation

S3 Ep22 - How to Choose a Phonics Program



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Hello, hello and welcome to the Structured Literacy Podcast. My name is Jocelyn, I'm so very pleased to bring you this episode direct from Pataway Burnie, the home of the Palawa people in gorgeous Tasmania.

In last week's episode of the podcast, I shared some thoughts on ways that you can get ready for changes that are coming in the early years reading space. If your school already has a systematic, structured approach to early reading in place, well you're all …

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TT - Continuous Sound Blending

Tuesday Tip - Continuous Sound Blending

In today's Tuesday Tip, I discuss teaching children to blend sounds using continuous phonemes first, before introducing stop sounds.


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Hello everyone, I'm Jocelyn and it's time for another Tuesday Tip. We all know that when we're helping our young children to learn to read, that we are going to have a few who struggle to learn how to blend with graphemes. So if the children are able to blend orally, so you can say, m-a-t, and they can tell you that that's "mat", the…

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TT - How do I help my students improve fluency?

Tuesday Tip - Improve Fluency

In today's Tuesday Tip, I discuss helping struggling readers improve fluency by identifying and underlining text, fostering independent thinking and fluency development.


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Welcome to this week's Tuesday Tip. Now you might not know, but I've worked with struggling readers for about 15 years now. Actually they're my favourite students to work with. And one of the things that I see happen with them is they learn the phoneme-grapheme correspondence. They learn their word le…

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