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How can I kickstart my upper primary spelling improvement journey?
Hi there. It's Jocelyn here from Jocelyn Seamer Education, and I'd like to welcome you to this episode of the Structured Literacy Podcast. I'd like to pay my respects to the Palawa people of Tasmania, where this podcast is recorded and also to the people of Gunditjimara Country in Victoria, where it is edited.
In our last episode of the Structured Literacy Podcast, we talked about early years spelling and, if we aren't doing rainbow writing and lo…
How Do I Tackle Spelling in the Early Years?
Hi everyone. Welcome to this episode of the Structured Literacy Podcast. My name is Jocelyn Seamer, and I'm recording this episode from Tasmania, Australia. On the lands of the Palawa people.
For the longest time, we have treated reading and spelling as separate entities, with a phonics program dealing with words for reading and a separate program dealing with words for spelling. We may also have had a third program for handwriting, …
Change is hard, and we need everyone to do it.
Hi there, everyone. Welcome to this episode of the Structured Literacy Podcast, the place where we talk all things reading, writing, and structured literacy. I'm bringing this podcast to you from Tasmania, the lands of the Palawa people.
Today's topic - Why learning can be hard.
Learning is hard. That's no news to any of us. We teach our students the mantra; we can do hard things. We want them to be resilient in the face of obstacles, to…
Reasons the Wheels Might Fall off Your Whole School Approach - Part 4
Hello there everyone. Welcome to this episode of the Structured Literacy Podcast. I am Jocelyn coming to you from Tasmania, the beautiful home of the Palawa people.
I need to apologise in advance for my voice. One of my delightful children brought me home a gift from school, which was a cold, and as much as I've tried to shake it, it's hanging around. But I'm not going to let that stop me from showing up for you so that we can make sur…
How to Look After Yourself During Report Writing (It's not what you think)
Hi there, everyone. It's Jocelyn here from the Structured Literacy Podcast, and I'm so pleased to welcome you to this episode. I'm coming to you from Tasmania, the home of the Palawa people, and the sun is shining today, even if the wind is a little cold.
This time of year lets us know that reports are approaching if you are teaching in Australia, and if you're listening to this episode when it was released at the start of June 2023, y…
Reasons the Wheels Might Fall off Your Whole School Approach - Part 3
Hi everyone. It's Jocelyn here with the Structured Literacy Podcast coming to you from Tasmania, the beautiful home of the Palawa people.
Anyone who has ever said that teachers don't work hard clearly has no idea what they're talking about. I've never met a teacher or spent time in a school where there wasn't a flurry of activity intended to result in improved student outcomes of one sort or another. When it comes to our literacy approach…
Reasons the Wheels Might Fall off Your Whole School Approach - Part 2
Hi there, it's Jocelyn here. Welcome to the Structured Literacy podcast coming to you from the beautiful home of the Palawa People, Tasmania.
In our last episode, I shared the first reason that the wheels might be falling off your literacy improvement efforts. and if you haven't listened to that episode, all about the need for strong, decisive leadership, I'd suggest that you go back and have a listen when you have a moment.
Reasons the Wheels Might Fall off Your Whole School Approach - Part 1
A difficult discussion
You've chosen your phonics program, had everyone trained, and have begun to teach. At first, things seem to be going well, but a year or so down the track, you still aren't seeing those text-level results you were hoping for. This scenario is really common.
Hello there. My name's Jocelyn, and I want to welcome you to the Structured Literacy Podcast. Today I'm going to share some observations from my work with schools about …
5 Evidence-informed Alternatives to Independent Silent Reading
Today, I'd like to talk to you about is the issue that has had me with a bee in my bonnet for a little while now, and that is the large amount of time that many children spend in independent silent reading during literacy instruction.
My challenge with this is not that it is bad for children to read on their own; in fact, we know that there are positive impacts. Professor Pam Snow from La Trobe University talks often about the fact t…
8 Myths of Reading Instruction that Every Teacher Should Know About
Myth No. 1 - learning to read is as natural as learning to speak.
Myth number one is that learning to read is as natural as learning to speak, and this is where this idea that if we just immerse children in rich text, if we have language-rich environments for them to grow up in, then all will be well and they'll learn how to read. That's where this comes from.
Now, it's absolutely flawed, and I'm going to read to you a paragraph from my book, R…