Welcome to the Oz Lit Teacher Community! My goal in life is to hook every child (and adult) onto a lifelong love of reading and writing (with a deep love of books to go with it). Oz Lit Teacher is all about building teacher confidence and competence to implement effective literacy leadership and instruction.
What support and resources does Oz Lit Teacher provide?
Mentor text reviews
Every week we share reviews of high quality books that can be used as mentor texts for literacy instruction. Each review includes a checklist of writing traits and comprehension strategies that could be taught using the text. You can find these reviews on the Mentor Text Reviews page or on the Oz Lit Teacher Instagram and Facebook pages. Here is a sample review:
After receiving lots of feedback and appreciation from the Oz Lit community, we now include a link to a downloadable bookplate with every mentor text review. These bookplates are 1 page PDFs that include all the information from the mentor text reviews and are designed to be printed and stuck inside the cover of the books at school so teachers can share the knowledge with other teachers. Click here for an example of a bookplate.
Literacy Conference (New for 2020)
This year we are hosting our first ever conference! To keep up to date on the conference details, please sign up to our subscription list (you can do this at the bottom of the page). We are so excited about this event!
In order to build the capacity of every teacher to hook students into a lifelong love of reading and writing, we encourage you to join the Oz Lit Teacher Facebook group to share your ideas, experiences, questions and challenges. We LOVE to see other people creating mentor text reviews and uploading these to the community for every students’ benefit.
Check out information on in-school consultation work and facilitation of staff professional development days over on the consulting page.
Supporting teachers to teach writing
Writing is an area of Literacy that many teachers do not feel confident to teach. There are many potential reasons for this. Some might include;
- Many teachers are readers but do not consider themselves writers.
- If they do write, they might think they aren’t good at it.
- Writing is more subjective than reading- we can’t get our students to do a test to give them a ‘level’ or tell us their strengths and areas for improvement.
- The spelling component of teaching writing scares some teachers.
- Teachers may have had negatives experiences of being taught writing themselves.
- The strong focus on teaching genre over the last decade has, in many cases, reduced writing instruction (and therefore professional development) to a recipe of how to construct a piece of text rather than building teacher and student knowledge about the qualities of writing (beyond text organisation).
Our strong belief is that the more teachers understand about teaching writing, including having a deep understanding of the qualities of good writing, the better teachers they will be of both writing AND reading.
We love hearing your feedback and ideas. Please feel free to contact Oz Lit Teacher with requests, ideas, etc.