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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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.
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.
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;
Further Chit Chats you might be interested in...
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.