Thursday, November 13, 2014

Update 5 November 2014 - Building a PLN for Literacy

Kia ora,
Week four of term already and I am hearing of the incredible busyness of the last term.  Please make sure you are taking good care of yourself during this time so you arrive at the end of the year well, and looking forward to the summer break.  I have included a couple of lighter pieces in my links and look ups this week that I hope you will enjoy!

Recent Discussion on the Mailing List

Once again we find that a question from a teacher elicits the greatest response and discussion.  Thanks to Karen for sharing her question around standardised testing, and to Brend, Rachel, Jacki, Catherine, Yvonne, Catriona, Wendy, Briar, Debbie, Greg, Sonya, Peggy, Mel, Julia, Jane C, Mini, Cathy, Anne, Alison and Jane D for taking the time to respond.  The mailing list is designed to support the development of rich conversation around your literacy inquiries, as shown by this wonderful interaction.

Thank you to Robert for sharing the latest new and updated entries on ManyAnswers.

Building a PLN for Literacy

This week we had the privilege of sharing a webinar to support you in the development of a Professional Learning Network for Literacy.  A huge thank you to all who attended and added rich discussion to the journey.  We  appreciate your questions and your feedback during the session.

Many more of you signed up but were unable to make the session today - we know your time is precious so we have recorded a shorter version of the same presentation, with all the links and slides.

More links and snapshots of the slides are available in this google doc.

We will also be embedding the recording on the site in the next few days.

We aim to keep the discussion going on the mailing list, so if after viewing the webinar you have questions, please ask them to the mailing list and then everyone will benefit from your new learning. We would really like to follow up on the following wonderings shared by attendees in the webinar.  Can you respond to this post with your ideas please.

Thanks to Valerie, Kerri, Rachel, Deb, Margaret and Chrissie for sharing their wonderings:

  • I am wanting to include e-learning as part of my literacy programme. I am wanting quality and purposeful.
  • Biggest wondering is how others moderate the reading evidence they get from students… do others have a 'process'? How do we get teachers talking about the standards?
  • I'm a BT in a Year 1 class and I'm wondering how to incorporate my new iPads into my literacy programme, in particular to help those students who have low oral language so find it hard to articulate their sentence, let alone write it.
  • Incorporating new iPads into a Year 6/7 programme
  • Catering for all the different needs- ESOL and special needs together sometimes
  • Giving useful feedback for beginning readers and writers
  • Connecting and networking as RT Lits

We would love to start discussion in the mailing list to support these ideas and encourage you to get involved please.  

Your feedback is important to us too - please complete this short feedback survey, if you attended today, or once you have viewed the recording.


Children’s authors around New Zealand:

Recently we have showcased James Norcliffe and Sharon Holt on Children's authors around New Zealand Have you checked out their writer’s tips?

Anne’s Literacy Links and Look ups…

  • Blogging as pedagogy: Facilitate learning - Blogging should not be an add-on, not an isolated project, but should be seen as PEDAGOGY.
  • 5 Teacher approved apps to get your child ready for kindergarten - is this worth sharing with your community? I really like the closing paragraph and think this is well worthwhile sharing: “Finally, remember to keep things balanced. Technology is now a vital way we learn, regardless of age, but too much of a good thing is never good, and too much of a substandard thing is even worse. The best apps are those you select for your child to address a specific need and, better yet, use with your child to model engaged thinking and lifelong learning. And for those still fretting over your baby heading off to school in a month or two and wanting to slow down time — unfortunately, there’s no app for that.”
  • Mr. Men books reimagined for millennials - for a real good laugh.  And please do take a moment to watch the Kevin Bacon video clip at the bottom…
  • The Manifesto we should read to children everyday: a reminder of what life is about.


Have you signed up for the Teachers Ready to Read review webinar on the 20th of November at 3:30 - 4:30pm?
Book covers.

Ready to Read review webinar

What is it about?
The Ready to Read series has undergone a robust review to ensure its continuing effectiveness in supporting children to build a strong foundation in literacy in their early years at school.  Previous communications to the sector (see list below) have conveyed some key messages about changes to the series, such as, having one level and fewer books at Magenta, using unseen texts for guided reading (rather than texts that have already been used for shared reading), and clarifying the gradient of difficulty to better support the development of a reading processing system.Curriculum Update 28, published in the Education Gazette on 8 September (volume 93, Number 16) describes the outcomes of the review in more detail.  A flyer listing all texts relevelled as a result of the review process will be sent to schools by the end of September.  The webinar will provide a forum for discussing these changes.
Who is the webinar for?
The webinar for Literacy PLD providers and RT Lits was held in October 2014. A recording of this session is available online. A second webinar will be held in November for teachers and literacy leaders.
When is the webinar being held?
The webinar for teachers and literacy leaders will be held on Thursday, 20th November, from 3.30 to 4.30pm
How do I join the webinar?

Have a fabulous week!

Ngā mihi nui
Anne Kenneally
Literacy Online Facilitator
CORE Education
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