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Welcome to Literacy Voices, where our experts share instructional strategies with teachers. You'll find practical classroom tips from real educators, personal stories, and innovative approaches to improving your teaching practice, and tools you can use immediately.
  1. It's time to write!

    It's time to write!

    All writers will at some stage have difficulty getting started writing. Skilled writers, as well as young students who are learning to write, can develop “wri...
  2. Six Ways to Make a Child a Reader

    Six Ways to Make a Child a Reader

    Every child should have the opportunity to read accurately. Susan Hill draws our attention to an article in which the authors list this as one of the six elemen...
  3. Don't Stay Away From that Book!

    Don't Stay Away From that Book!

    Recently, early literacy author Jenny Feely received an email about a young student who brought the same book home from school every day. This favorite book was...
  4. Who Made Up All Those Words Anyway?

    Who Made Up All Those Words Anyway?

    Learning to spell enhances students’ reading and writing, but the rules for spelling are very complex, and can produce frustration in the classroom. As teache...
  5. Reading Intervention: Take Action!

    Reading Intervention: Take Action!

    Early intervention for students with reading difficulties is widely recognised as making a significant difference in the long-term reading abilities of children...
  6. Teaching Students to "Talk the Talk"

    Teaching Students to "Talk the Talk"

    Talking about the letters and sounds that make up words helps improve reading and writing skills. On a recent visit to a foundation-level classrooom, author and...
  7. The Power of Reading Aloud

    The Power of Reading Aloud

    The importance of reading aloud to children from birth has been well established by research. Recalling a surprising encounter with teenagers enjoying a read-al...
  8. What’s in a Name? Naming Characters in Narrative Texts

    What’s in a Name? Naming Characters in Narrative Texts

    Finding the right name for a character in narrative texts is a challenge for published authors as well as for students. Author and teacher Jenny Feely shares a ...
  9. Guided Reading Success: Recognizing High-Frequency Words

    Guided Reading Success: Recognizing High-Frequency Words

    Children’s reading fluency is improved when they can automatically recognise high-frequency words. Literacy consultant Lyn Reggett discusses a guided reading ...

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