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Teaching kids to read isn’t just about learning the alphabet or “sounding out”, it’s about making sense of what’s on the page. Shutterstock

The seven messages of highly effective reading teachers

In 1982, the late, great NZ reading researcher Marie Clay identified a group of children having difficulty learning to read as “tangled tots (with) reading knots”. She was referring to children who, despite…
We need to bring back teaching grammar, but not how it used to be. Shutterstock

Grammar matters and should be taught – differently

I’m going to put it out there - most teachers don’t know enough about how the English language works [aka grammar], and this inevitably impacts upon student literacy outcomes. There are grammar pundits…

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