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Though challenges like dyslexia can make learning difficult, these disabilities shouldn’t define who you are – or what you can do. Tim Kwee

Learning disabilities do not define us

The story of a six-year-old boy with dyslexia who, with support from friends and teachers, became a successful professor. Now he teaches teachers how to help children like him.
Ask your child what their toys did while they were out today or invite them to help you read the mail. Evgeny Atamanenko/Shutterstock

How to encourage literacy in young children (and beyond)

Supporting early childhood literacy is not just about reading to your child. Research has found there are many and varied ways to increase literacy in early learning.
Singing helps us remember information. Flickr/Martin Abegglen

Curious Kids: Who made the alphabet song?

Because of the way our brains work, we can remember songs and rhymes much more easily than just words or letters. The ABC song teaches kids the basics of the English language.
In some Aboriginal communities, over 50% of adults say they do not have the literacy they need for everyday tasks. Literacy for Life Foundation/Adam Sharman

To lift literacy levels among Indigenous children, their parents’ literacy skills must be improved first

The children who are least likely to attend school regularly – and do well – grow up in households where the adults themselves have very poor literacy skills.
Northern Territory has the highest proportion of Indigenous school students. Neda Vanovac/AAP

Infographic: Are we making progress on Indigenous education?

Indigenous students who graduate from university have slightly higher full-time employment prospects than their non-Indigenous peers.
Which emoji captures how you’re feeling today? from www.shutterstock.com

Why I use emoji in research and teaching

Emoji provide a living language that is representative and inclusive in ways that words can't always be. Just be careful if you use the eggplant or peach emoji.
The prescriptivist stranglehold on grammar isn’t just restrictive, it’s often just plain wrong. from www.shutterstock

Things you were taught at school that are wrong

Were your teachers right about when to use commas, and about not starting sentences with 'and'?
A small percentage of children will need intensive instruction when being taught to read. Flickr/horrigans

How to teach literacy so no child is left behind

We need a clear plan in place to ensure that no child falls through the net. Such a plan needs to be both effective and cost-effective.

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