Oz Lit Teacher Blog

What Is Dyslexia? A Guide For Educators (Part 1) Oct 01, 2023

This post is dedicated to spreading the word about dyslexia.  

There’s been a lot of progress made in this field since I was at...

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5 Steps To Improving Your School's NAPLAN Writing Data Aug 11, 2023

The NAPLAN data is out and ‘paralysis-by-item-analysis’ has begun.

I remember the days of looking at item analysis spreadsheets with...

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The Critical Key To Improving Student Writing Data Jul 30, 2023

It’s NAPLAN results time.

The time when teachers and leadership teams want to know how to improve their student data in the most efficient...

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3 Reasons You Need To Stop Talking In The Writing Classroom. Jul 23, 2023

I once participated in an online course for business owners that taught me more about the principles of effective teaching than anything about...

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3 Reasons You Should Use Cold Writes In The Writing Classroom Jul 09, 2023

A ‘cold write’ is a piece of writing students do in a genre before they’ve had any explicit instruction in that genre. ...

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5 Tips To Get Yourself Back Into Reading Jun 25, 2023

The school holidays are finally here! Time to recharge, relax and sail away to another world.  

The good news is that the sailing part is...

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5 Quick Tips For Using Mentor Texts Jun 11, 2023

A ‘mentor text’ is the name given to any piece of text that can be held up as a strong example of effective writing. Mentor texts...

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How To Teach ‘Show, Don’t Tell’ In Writing (Part 2) May 14, 2023

 

In part 1 of my series on teaching students about the all-important ‘show, don’t tell’ strategy in writing, I introduced a...

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How To Teach 'Show, Don't Tell' In Writing (Part 1) Apr 30, 2023

Recently I published a post introducing the ‘show, don’t tell’ writing strategy. I talked about what the strategy is and why...

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Why Teaching Vocabulary Is Important Mar 26, 2023

French was one of my favourite subjects in high school. I loved learning the words and being challenged by the grammar. Although I continued to...

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