Practically Primary

Articles from Vol. 16, No. 3, October

A Bilby Round-Up
Part 1: Bilby Books and Resources Part 2: Bilby Survival Projects Recent years have seen the release of a rash of bilby books with bilbies on amazing and intriguing escapades: a bilby reaching for a star to give it a kiss, a pirate and a space...
An Introduction to Teaching Information Report through Familiarisation and Scaffolded Writing Tasks
Introduction Expert writers always have a specific audience and purpose for writing. Every text form we write comes with its own structures and language features. Expert writers know how to manipulate language and text forms to suit their own purposes...
Beyond Basals: Using a Range of Texts for Guided Reading
As a teacher entering the profession on the cusp of the National Curriculum, I wanted to know more about the ways I could prepare children for the literacies of today and tomorrow. When examining the draft of the Australian Curriculum: English, I was...
Encouraging Children to Talk about Advertising
There are many varied views concerning the nature and purpose of advertising, which I believe lie on a spectrum. On one end, advertising is seen as an insidious, manipulative force that bends us to the whims of the corporate elite. On the other extreme,...
Farewell to Our Outgoing President: Jan Turbill
Eight years ago, I took on the role of President for the Australian Literacy Educators' Association I had been asked by several past presidents of ALEA to take on the role around 2001. At that time I declined. I was caring for my aged mum and it would...
General Capabilities as a Way in to Planning
Introduction Following the introduction of national testing of literacy and numeracy (NAPLAN) in 2008 and subsequent establishment of the MySchool website, during 2010 many primary and secondary schools across Australia in all sectors were involved...
How to Self Edit (to Improve Writing)
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] 'NOW WRITE THE STORY,' you tell your students after spending much time motivating them and discussing ideas. Then, as your students strain their brains to come up with a half-way decent plot and a beginning sentence that will...
School Literacies Meet Home Literacies?
Let me tell you about Aidan. Aidan was born 6 weeks early on 27 May 2007. His pediatrician warned that Aidan would most likely be delayed in meeting his milestones; physically there were some delays in the first year but his language showed no signs...
Supporting Children during the Prewriting Stage: Developing an Author's Understanding of Purpose and Audience Using Interviews
The truth of course is that ideas are all around us ... The skill is in recognising them and making them your own (Gleeson, 2007, p. 19) THE PROJECT The study Using literature to engage all students was funded by the ALEA Research Grant where...
Talking about Social Skills through Books
As the principal of a rural school, 40 km from Darwin and the lover of books and stories, I take opportunities to read to students whenever I can. I read at school assemblies, I read to classes, over the PA and to individual or small groups for enjoyment...
The Invisible Librarian: Why Doesn't Literacy Mention Libraries?
It is not enough to simply teach children to read; we have to give them something worth reading. Something that will stretch their imaginations, something that will help them make sense of their own lives and encourage them to reach out toward people...
The Little Big Book Club
The Big Book Club Inc is a not for profit organisation that is dedicated to the promotion of reading. TBBC Inc. has two projects: The Big Book Club for adults and The Little Big Club (LBBC) for parents and carers of children aged between birth and...
The Role of Literature in Language and Literacy Learning
Literature plays a pivotal role in supporting, sustaining and developing literacy and language learning. As teachers we know that it is impossible to separate language or literacy learning from literature. Students learn language that is relevant and...
Welcome to Our New President: Robyn Ewing
About me ... I began my career as a primary teacher and in many ways my heart is very much in the classroom. I teach in the English, literacy, Arts and teaching and learning components of the B.Ed and M.Teach programs and love the privilege of working...