Oz Lit Teacher Blog

Why 'Less Is More' In Genre Instruction Apr 25, 2021

Being a writer has been a lifelong dream of mine.

From a young age, I’d tell Mum and Dad I was going to be an author, an illustrator and a...

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Are You Considering A Leadership Role? Apr 18, 2021

Have you ever dared to think that ‘maybe, just maybe, I could take on a formal leadership role in a school?’

Just to be...

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Poems to Celebrate World Poetry Day Mar 21, 2021

Happy World Poetry Day!

Today is a wonderful day for me as I’ve always loved reading and writing poetry.

I can’t remember...

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Strategies For Supporting Reluctant Writers Mar 14, 2021

Lots of teachers ask me how to engage their reluctant writers.

It's like they know my secret when they ask me.

The secret that my family...

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Bad Leadership Advice For Women Mar 08, 2021

When I was first considering taking on a formal leadership role in a school, I attended a Women in Leadership workshop where it was recommended...

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4 Steps For Navigating Towards Literacy Success Feb 28, 2021

My husband and I enjoy rogaining (long distance orienteering that requires a minimum of two people per group).

It’s not just the fact...

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3 Common Misconceptions About The 6+1 Traits Of Writing Feb 21, 2021

It’s no surprise that I get a lot of questions about the 6+1 traits of writing.

I do, after all, bang on about them ALL. THE. TIME.

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Should You Teach Genre Or The 6 + 1 Traits? Feb 14, 2021

I get asked this question quite a lot and it excites me.

Why?

Because it’s generally asked after a teacher has had their eyes opened...

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4 Books To Spark Start-Of-Year Notebook Writing Jan 24, 2021

Notebook writing is the perfect start-of-year activity for your literacy classroom- it builds community and teaches students timely strategies...

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A Crucial First Step In Improving Writing Instruction Jan 17, 2021

I love a good inspirational quote.

My childhood gymnastics coach, Mr Palmer, introduced them to me. You couldn’t even go to the bathroom...

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