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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. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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 ...
  5. 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 ...
  6. Guided Reading Tips: Getting the Best out of New Books

    Guided Reading Tips: Getting the Best out of New Books

    To get students hooked on a new book, teachers need to have conversations with students as they guide them into the book. Whether reading narrative or informati...
  7. Journal Writing: A Literacy Habit for Good Writers

    Journal Writing: A Literacy Habit for Good Writers

    Writing a journal is a familiar literacy experience for many students in the classroom. Reflecting on the sometimes uninspired efforts of students and her own e...
  8. When Readers Lose Meaning: Why Comprehension Strategy Instruction is Important

    When Readers Lose Meaning: Why Comprehension Strategy Instruction is Important

    Recalling her personal experience of losing meaning while reading and the strategies she used to get it back, literacy researcher Alison Davis argues that stude...
  9. Learning to Read: Tablets or Traditional?

    Learning to Read: Tablets or Traditional?

    What are the similarities and differences between reading traditional books and multimodal books and games on iPads? The iPad educational apps of levelled books...

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