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Miss Chen’s blog: Literacy in the early years
Miss Chen’s blog: Literacy in the early years

In this regular blog, Miss Chen will be sharing some of the F-2 resources she’s been using in her classroom, which are all available to download for free via the Little J & Big Cuz website. For today’s activity, the class created their own picture story books about the animals they’d spotted while out on Country.

How does oral vocabulary knowledge help children learn to read?
How does oral vocabulary knowledge help children learn to read?

It is not well understood by researchers precisely how oral vocabulary helps children learn to read new words. In today’s article Macquarie University’s Signy Wegener and Distinguished Professor Anne Castles discuss some exciting findings from their research that sheds light on this issue.

Smoothing early years transitions
Smoothing early years transitions

Teachers play a central role in supporting children who are starting formal schooling for the first time to settle in. University of Wollongong researchers have been studying how early years educators can help smooth the transition from preschool.

The Research Files Episode 37: Dr Sue Thomson discusses PIRLS 2016
The Research Files Episode 37: Dr Sue Thomson discusses PIRLS 2016

Results from the latest cycle of the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) show the literacy achievement of Year 4 students in Australia has improved. However, there are significant achievement gaps by gender, Indigenous status, socioeconomic status and school location. ACER Deputy CEO (Research) Dr Sue Thomson, joins Teacher to discuss the results further.

PIRLS 2016: Year 4 reading and literacy results
PIRLS 2016: Year 4 reading and literacy results

The latest Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) results have been released today. Here, we take a closer look at PIRLS 2016: Reporting Australia’s results, which describes the reading literacy achievement of a nationally representative sample of Year 4 students in the international context.

Secondary English – creating book trailers
Secondary English – creating book trailers

Exposing students to a range of books and authors and helping them to create their own texts has provided the perfect opportunity for educators at St Aloysius College to teach them about digital copyright and the proper use of online resources.

Intervention strategies – a student perspective
Intervention strategies – a student perspective

Staff at Queensland’s Anglican Church Grammar School (better known as Churchie), have captured Year 10 reading data as part of an action research project into male students’ perceptions of their reading ability pre and post an intervention of taught reading strategies.

Phil Beadle on ‘how do we systematise this?’
Phil Beadle on ‘how do we systematise this?’

Earlier this year, Phil Beadle spent a month in Australia conducting one-day workshops to share his expertise in literacy and behaviour management with Australian educators. In his first contribution for Teacher, he shares his response to the question he was asked most while on tour.

Reading aloud – not just for the early years
Reading aloud – not just for the early years

Research has highlighted the importance of providing ongoing opportunities for children to read aloud in class to teachers and friends, and at home to parents, siblings and even pets.

Early grade reading changing children’s lives
Early grade reading changing children’s lives

Quality early grade reading is a key focus for the Global Partnership for Education. In her latest Teacher column, Julia Gillard explains how hundreds of millions of children around the world are denied the opportunity to learn to read, and shares how a focus on improving reading standards in Nepal is changing lives for the better.