Learning MATTERS Chit Chats with...

You may be just starting out on your professional learning journey; you may be a parent wishing to know more; you may be a school leader working towards building shared understandings and consistent practice.

Learning MATTERS’ Chit Chats are a great source of knowledge and reflection for both educators and parents. We recommend you to view these in the following order to systematically build your knowledge in your setting. We encourage you to use the accompanying discussion sheets and facilitate these sessions at a team and/or staff meeting, or you might just like to view them on your own.

We advise you use the strategy of READ (the discussion sheet) - LISTEN (listen to the Chit Chat) - CHAT (with your colleagues), sharing your thoughts, learnings and reflections.  Of course, you are welcome to dip and dive into whichever you please, but we have strategically ordered these in a bid to build your knowledge and understanding in a cumulative way.

Recommended viewing order

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1. Educational achievement in literacy

A reporter's perspective after 6 years of investigation. What we know to be true now, with Emily Hanford.

View Chit Chat | Video length 35 minutes.

2. The history of teaching reading in New Zealand

The history of teaching reading in New Zealand, how we’ve got to where we are in New Zealand, with Professor James Chapman.

View Chit Chat | Video length 39 minutes.

3. What parents and teachers need to know about the teaching of reading

What parents and teachers need to know about the teaching of reading and what to look out for at home, with Professor Pamela Snow.

View Chit Chat | Video length 52 minutes.

4. How the brain learns to read

How the brain learns to read, with Dr Carolyn Strom.

View Chit Chat | Video length 34 minutes.

5. Introducing Structured Literacy

Dr Linda Farrell explains the Principles and Elements of the approach many schools are adopting and helps us to understand how this works.

View Chat Chat | Video length 30 minutes.

6. What types of books are used in schools implementing a Structured Literacy approach

What types of books are used in schools implementing a Structured Literacy approach? Text types explained, with Dr Tanya Serry.

View Chit Chat | Video length 58 minutes.

7. What does this instruction look like and how should it be delivered in our classrooms?

Making the CHANGE...... What does this instruction look like and how should it be delivered in our classrooms? What has worked well in schools of various demographics in Australia?  Explicit Direct Instruction and considerations for policy makers and university lecturers, with Dr Lorraine Hammond.

View Chit Chat | Video length 70 minutes.

8. A deeper dive into Explicit Instruction

A deeper dive into Explicit Instruction, with Dr Anita Archer.

View Chit Chat | Video length 51 minutes.

9. Executive Functions

Executive Functions, with Professor Adele Diamond. What is it, how do we work with it, and can we develop it?

View Chit Chat | Video length 35 minutes.

Other supporting material and next steps:

To further build your knowledge and understanding of some of the terms used in these Chit Chats, download our Glossary of Literacy Terms here.

To learn more about how a scope and sequence works and to cite a systematic and cumulative example, check out this foundation iDeaL Scope and Sequence

If you would like to see some practical teaching videos in bite-sized pieces, you may wish to check out our Leap into Literacy Series.

Be sure to also check out the numerous FREE downloads from our website, which will also go a long way to building knowledge and practice.

If you are ready to take the next step with your professional learning in an even more facilitated and guided way, you might like to do one or all of the following;

  1. Enrol in one of our professional learning opportunities

  2. Subscribe to the iDeaL Approach and have access to further professional learning, assessments, teaching resources and leadership information at your fingertips

  3. Contact us about consultancy support for your school.

Further Chit Chats you might be interested in...

Dr. Jan Hasbrouck - How we can help build reading fluency for our learners.

January 2024: Carla and Dr. Jan Hasbrouck explain and discuss how we can help build reading fluency for our learners.

Joan Sedita - Writing instruction, with a focus on Joan’s book "The Writing Rope."

December 2023: Carla and Joan Sedita discuss various aspects of writing instruction, with a focus on Joan’s book "The Writing Rope." They explored the broader topic of adolescent literacy and reading instruction across all age groups.

Mary Wennersten, M.Ed. - Structured Literacy

October 2023: Carla and Mary Wennersten, M.Ed. (International Dyslexia Association) discuss the term Structured Literacy. Like others, we have observed the noise circulating regarding the use of the term Structured Literacy.

Professor James Chapman - The next steps of literacy education in Aotearoa

September 2023: Carla and Professor James Chapman discuss the hurdles in Structured Literacy adoption, question current interventions, guide tool selection for educators, and explore making Structured Literacy mandatory in teacher education at universities.

Kareem Weaver - Equity in reading education and how we can make it a reality

August 2023: Carla and Kareem Weaver discuss 'The Right to Read' and what is being done in the US to shift the dial for ALL readers. Change is needed globally and Kareem is at the forefront of instigating that.

Elizabeth Norton PhD - Rapid Automatised Naming (RAN)

August 2023: Carla and Elizabeth Norton PhD discuss rapid automatised naming, explore ways to improve RAN and the instructional implications that might be considered.

2022 Literacy Trial overview

June 2023: Carla, Fiona, Esmee, and Jill discuss and explore various aspects of the literacy & communication support package trialled in 2022. Their conversation delves into the trial's design, implementation strategies, and the tangible impact it had on participants.

Julie Nugent - Leading through change

May 2023: Carla and Julie Nugent, an experienced RTLB, discuss the influence and support of evidence-based change in schools across the Auckland region.

Dr. Jan Hasbrouck - Building reading fluency

June 2022: Carla and Jan explain and discuss how we can help build reading fluency for our learners.

Katie Tomkins - Structured Literacy in a secondary school

May 2022: Carla and Katie chat about implementing Structured Literacy in a secondary intervention setting.

Dr. Stephanie Stollar - Types of intervention models

February 2022: Carla and Stephanie discuss Response to Intervention (RTI) and Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS), and what characteristics school leaders should ensure are present in their intervention system.

Dr. Louisa Moats - Dyslexia and the crucial nature of spelling

October 2021: Carla and Louisa discuss dyslexia and the crucial nature of teaching SPELLING. Teachers MUST know what they are doing. They MUST be gifted with the knowledge to teach every child they sit across from

David Kilpatrick - What the research has taught us

Oct 2020: Carla and David (author of Equipped for Reading Success) discuss what the research has taught us about how the brain learns to read, why phonemic awareness is crucial as a foundation skill, what is orthographic mapping and how does this process work, and recommendations for classroom teachers who want to be able to ensure every student under their watch is literate.

View ALL Chit Chats on our YouTube playlist.

 

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