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This is a summary of the discussion on the primary literacy mailing list for the week 20 - 24 June 2011.
The discussion on our forum over the last couple of weeks has continued on from previous weeks. We had a request for planning help and some discussion about 'learning to read' and 'reading to learn' and text levels for students. We just need to look at the Literacy Learning Progressions to know that instruction and scaffolding in reading needs to continue throughout a student's time at school as they apply their reading capability in all other curriculum areas.
Jannie's contribution about students who have been designated as operating at a certain 'reading age' and how their opportunities are often minimised or under-potentialised because they are too tightly frame worked is worth thinking about. As she states with effective scaffolding, students can become deep level meaning makers of texts that might otherwise be identified as 'too difficult' for them. Just a reminder that the reasons we no longer refer to the concept of reading age as a measure of reading capability is outlined on page 7 of the Literacy Learning Progressions.
Yesterday I spent the day on Waihao Marae with the representatives of some of the runanga from Ngai Tahu. What a privilege to be communicating in this way with mana whenua and hearing the iwi aspirations for their tamariki and mokupuna. The desire of iwi to create positive working relationships with schools can only strengthen and ensure better outcomes for our Maori students.
Have you seen the DVD Nga Awheawhe Reo Maori-a-Motu Nga tino wahanga which supports teachers to plan how their Te Reo Maori in their classroom programme.
In the ESOL weekly thoughts Gaylene mentioned an updated version of 'New to New Zealand' is now available from ' Down the back of the chair', the Ministry of Education suppliers of resources for schooling. This is an essential resource for teachers and provides a brief introduction to the languages and cultures of most families in our schools. It is useful as a reference text or to photocopy relevant pages for each classroom teacher for their ESOL information file.
Best wishes for the week ahead.
Facilitator: Primary Literacy community