Literacy Materials, Assessments
Literacy support includes decoding, comprehension, reading fluency and oral language development.
Deep learning and transfer of skills across all curriculum areas is a focus of all instructional assessments and interventions
Teachers can choose alternative approaches to classroom instruction to ensure student learning potentials continue to be achieved over time.
Gradual release of responsibility for learning from teacher modelling to student independent learning, evidence-based research
Early years Screening Tools for Decoding
These assessments are whole class, fluency assessments of oral language and writing of CVC words. There are 2 versions at Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 2 levels.
These are supported by some teacher professional learning around early reading instruction, and scoring these screening tools.
Thinking for Learning
This is currently under re-development, for release at the start of the 2021 school year. The focus of this re-development is deep learning and transfer of strategies across curriculum areas.
These materials provide teachers with classroom materials that explicitly teach questioning – both question asking and answering.
Using evidence-based principles for learning how to learn, these materials have a track record of significant improvements across twenty years, from initial doctoral research to school-based action research.
These strategies form the basis of how we all learn – when is the last time you Googled something - because you were using your questioning skills.
These thinking skills have stood the test of time, and can be applied across all curriculum areas, and many grades of school, from the early years into secondary school.
The new format is blended, with online sessions supported by hardcopy student independent practice. Evidence-based research supports this to be the most effective way to use the tool of technology to support student learning.
Samples of materials will be available during Term 4 2020, and ready for classrooms to start the 2021 school year.
Reading Fluency & Expression
3 evidence-based interventions, supported by NESA Accredited Professional Learning Courses focus on 3 aspects of fluency – improving oral fluency, reading expression and silent reading.
Formative Assessments FOR, AS and OF Learning can be used by teachers to make ongoing decisions to maximise improvements in student reading skills over time.
Inquiry Questioning Skills (Oral Language)
Modelling and guided practice activities for classroom teachers to support early language skills for talking and listening.
Strategies can be applied in the early years, in any curriculum area, for talking, listening, questioning, and oral presentations.
Teachers can use formative assessments to identify and target individual student needs, and provide early intervention.