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We all know that reading is an essential skill, but many teachers struggle to fit it in with all the competing demands on their time.  Rather than see reading as an extra thing to make time for, we need to see it as part of how we teach content and skills.
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If you get to the end of each term and wonder where the previous 10 weeks went, you're not the only one! If you keep finding yourself making the resolution to be more organised next term, here are some areas you can focus on to help your students and make your life easier.
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There are three books in the How to write what you want to say … in the secondary years set and when used together they make it easier for teachers to teach key writing skills or cognitive verbs.
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It makes sense that if there is no prior knowledge, then there is nothing to activate. Students often study topics they know very little about (that is why, after all, that they attend school!) and therefore teachers must think of ways of providing the necessary background knowledge quickly and efficiently.
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Compiling a list of bullets points from what students know about a topic leads nicely into a short writing activity. Writing about a topic consolidates learning and increases depth of knowledge.
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The purpose of reading is to make meaning from what is read – not just to be able to say the words. The ability to say the words is the process of decoding and the ability to make meaning from texts is reading. So, when teachers complain, ‘they read but they don’t understand’, students are decoding not reading.
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Listening effectively is vital to academic success in all subject areas. Given the amount of listening expected of students and its impact on understanding, listening needs to receive just as much focus in teaching and learning as other literacies.
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As external exams become a larger part of the Queensland senior school experience, it is vital teachers prepare students to be able to work out the meaning of an unfamiliar word without consulting a dictionary or a mobile phone.
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