Presented by literacy expert Diana Rigg, this seminar is specifically for Year 3-6 teachers and new teaching graduates and those preparing for rural placements.
By middle and upper primary, students typically present with a wide range of ability. The recommendations within this seminar are time efficient to implement and will cater for advanced, average and delayed students. The seminar focuses upon:
This seminar explores:
A non-standardised spelling placement test in order to determine the specific range within the class.
How to allocate a proportion of the literacy block to the explicit instruction of spelling and decoding ‘word attack’ skills and also how to facilitate the transference of these spelling words (and ever increasing sophisticated vocabulary concepts) into writing.
A synthetic phonics approach for the students operating at a junior primary level.
For the stronger students, a phonic-based approach that focuses upon word meanings and opportunities to transfer concepts into writing.
Oral language instruction and how to facilitate students' ability to speak in complex grammatically correct sentences.
As narrative programs have been associated with increasing comprehension and written expression ability, narrative retelling and narrative generation processes are also outlined.
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I am using lots of Diana's very helpful suggestions daily - with results!! Thank you!!
Freda – Year 4 teacher
I have just finished 2 days of seminars with Diana Rigg and my goodness, what a eye opening sessions on how to approach literacy. I have certainly found this first year of teaching very exhausting and at times I have really considered whether I am up to this career but alas, after attending this P.D, I am no longer afraid of teaching literacy. Everything covered over the last few days just made so much sense and I cannot recommend this course more highly. This P.D a MUST!
Thanks Diana for the very informative PD. It was jam packed with so much information that I will need to go back through my notes a few times to grasp it all. You also made it sound so easy to implement in the classroom and now I have a better understanding of the process I look forward to putting it in to practice next week.
Cynthia – Classroom Teacher
I taught year 4 last year and had 7 out of 21 students who were considered at risk' by South Australian Spelling Test standards. At the end of the year after 25 minutes of spelling a day, only one remained at risk. All but 2 children did not improve the expected 12 months between testing 9 improved over 16 months and 4 of the children made over 24 months growth. We were all astounded at the improvement! The thing that I found most encouraging was that it was evident from even the incorrectly spelt words that they are actually hearing the sounds and getting much closer to proficient spelling. Congratulations on developing a program that works!!!!
Nicole Year 4 teacher
Thank you so very much for your commitment to helping teachers do their jobs well. I appreciate all your resources, programs and suggestions. I came away quite encouraged about what we are already doing well in our school, and also excited about some new ideas and strategies I can implement, starting today!
Michelle – upper primary teacher
Thank you for the day Diana. I got a lot out of the day...made me want to be back in the classroom!
Amy - Deputy Principal
Well done to you all for your hard work and dedication to children's learning. I love the ease & seemingly simple ideas but mostly the logical sequencing including speech therapy ideas.
Gwyn – Year 5
You are such a knowledgeable and dynamic presenter, it is easy to spend a day listening to you present. The response from the staff was so positive. Staff are feeling more confident.
Jayson – Assistant Principal in a CEO school
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