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Literacy for secondary learning area teachers

This webinar with Dr Jennifer Glenn and Dr Irene Anderson provides practical ways that secondary school teachers can use effective literacy approaches in their classroom teaching and learning programmes. It also explores how whole-school approaches to literacy have been effective in deepening teacher understanding and growing school-wide practices.

Jennifer has extensive and recent classroom experience of leading a range of literacy initiatives both at Thames High School and in a Community of Learning, and Irene is an education consultant with Evaluation Associates who has worked with many schools to build literacy practices within and across learning areas. They have recently published Secondary Literacy: A Handbook for Teachers (available at simplylitnz.co.nz).

To help you navigate the webinar easily, there is a list of the key topics covered in the session below, including the time each was discussed. The key ideas discussed in this webinar are also shared in a short insight article

Topics discussed in this webinar

Times shown in minutes and seconds from the start of the video

3.47What is secondary literacy?
6.02Equity in literacy teaching and learning
8.44How secondary teachers can improve writing in their learning areas
10.11The 7 steps of writing
12.20Building ideas and knowledge
14.06Teaching vocabulary
15.48Writing at the sentence and paragraph level
20.20Four key steps for supporting student reading across learning areas
20.58Identifying students’ reading difficulties
20.58Providing opportunities to read
28.07Reading critically
29.56School-wide reading fitness programmes
33.57The role of feedback in improving student literacy
40.09Reading and writing in the digital environment
48.15School-wide approaches to literacy

Recommended further reading

Glenn, J., & Anderson, I. (2020). Secondary Literacy: A Handbook for Teachers. Available at simplylitnz.co.nz.

Alton-Lee, A., & Glenn, J. (2012). BES Exemplar 5: Learning Logs. Ministry of Education.

Wolf, M. (2018). Reader come home: The reading brain in a digital world.

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