Lyn is a linguist, literacy consultant, specialist tutor and author of Spelling for Life, Language for Life and Reading for Life. Her goal is to help teachers awaken linguistic curiosity in their students using creative, engaging tools and strategies that are based upon scientific consensus as to what constitutes best practice. Her works examine and offer approaches to literacy instruction in an effort to raise the quality of teaching for everyone.
Lyn is presenting 3 different workshops:
Spelling for Life
Explicitly and systematically taught, spelling is pattern-based, law-abiding and we would go as far as to say, elegant. The purpose of this workshop is to offer lucid, accessible tools which help to reveal this.
What gives spelling its ‘complex’ veneer is the fact that different ways of thinking about words is required. Some words can be spelt as they sound, others have to be mapped via more complex correspondences, and yet others rely on knowledge of rules and word-structure.
Using a synthesis of theory, research and teaching experience, the fascinating nature of English spelling is systematically teased out.
This workshop is a perfect balance of theory and practice (templates and classroom activities included). It helps build teacher knowledge of the structure of English words and provides a bridge to enable that knowledge to enter classroom practice straight away.
Language for Life
In this full day workshop participants will learn how to teach students an understanding of the English language – nouns, pronouns and verbs. A simple marking system will be explained to connect each element. Quality literature will be used as a tool to explain subject and verb as well as agreement and tense. Other parts of speech are explained and defined using this scaffolded marking system.
Putting it all together: What is a sentence? What is a phrase? Lyn will guide participants so that they have the knowledge and skills to implement ideas immediately in the classroom.
Morphology in depth: Understanding the smallest units of meaning in the English language is crucial for spelling and reading. Lyn will explain the skills and knowledge needed to teach morphology – the understanding of root words, prefixes and suffixes plus much more.
Reading for Life
Why is it that so many people can’t read and write well? Why are there still so many vastly different methods of teaching literacy? Why do people still argue about it?
Reading for Life examines these three questions, addressing the less evidence-supported ideas about teaching reading and writing which are still alive and well in schools all over the world. This accessible guide bridges the gap between research and practice, translating academic findings into practical suggestions and ready-to-use techniques.
Suitable for: parents, teachers and literacy professionals
Two or more staff from the same school receive 20% discount. Use this coupon code – SSP2019
While working with children who needed additional support, Maureen Pollard realised there was a need for explicit and sequential phonemic and phonics teaching in Australian classrooms. When she helped teachers change their approach and pedagogy, the overall literacy results improved drastically and Learning Logic and Little Learners Love Literacy® was born.
Evidence-based literacy research stresses the importance of explicit and sequential literacy teaching from the beginning. Our goal is to have this happening in every Foundation classroom from Day 1, giving children the best possible chance of being fluent readers, writers and spellers.
It also makes it clear that the most effective way of teaching reading is to include 5 key components: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency practice, vocabulary and comprehension. Little Learners Love Literacy® has been developed to do this in a simple, sequential, explicit, effective and engaging way.