Tonight’s 15 Minute Forum was led by English teacher and Literacy Leader, Bridget Norman. Bridget started by posing two questions:
- How can we improve the vocabulary knowledge of students?
- How can we address the deficit of general knowledge and word knowledge which many of our students have?
As a classroom teacher and leader of literacy I am continually returning to the same questions. How can we improve our students’ reading skills. I am realising that we cannot talk about reading in isolation. Consider: talk, general knowledge, subject specific/specialist knowledge, the home lives and contexts of our students. Consider: how we talk to our students, questions we ask them, how we contextualise what we are teaching and relate it to their real worlds. There is a vast array of influences that create us as readers. My work in progress is to create a richer linguistic environment for my students (and the…
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