Literacy for Secondary School Teachers
The media is constantly telling us that Australian students are falling behind on literacy skills. But what does that actually mean? And if our students’ literacy skills are as bad as they are saying, what can we do about it?
This workshop is where theory meets practice. We tease out some of the complexities of literacy, literacy testing and literacy skill development and, more importantly, explore some practical, easy-to-implement strategies that help develop students’ literacy regardless of the curriculum area you teach.
This workshop addresses:
- What is literacy? (It’s not just spelling!)
- What do literacy tests actually measure?
- Subject-specific literacy: is it different to literacy?
- Identifying the literacy needs of a task
- Strategies for developing and extending student literacy
Being led by Narelle Wood
Narelle has completed her Bachelor of Science, with Honours, majoring in both English and Genetics. This an unusual combination of subject methods has resulted in some incredible opportunities for Narelle, allowing her to follow her passion and work creatively with a whole range of innovative curriculum initiatives, including designing curriculum for open learning spaces and rewriting curriculum. Her teaching has taken her to Cambodia to lead teacher training workshops in Battambang, and Science and English workshops for gifted and talented primary school students throughout Australia. Narelle has also worked as a Student Manager, as a leading teacher as Head of English and Literacy at a high performing girls’ school and a tutor in the Education Faculty at Monash University.
She is currently working on her PhD specifically looking at creativity, teacher beliefs, teacher practise and assessment strategies. Narelle has worked with a number of schools to help with strategically implementing the Australian Curriculum, creating differentiated curriculum, enhancing students’ writing and literacy skills, as well as the implementation of different learning and assessment strategies.