A group of teachers and teacher educators got together one Saturday in November at Erskineville Public School to share where they’re up to in their grammar and literacy projects. It was an inspiring day that showcased teachers’ expertise as they engaged with the new Australian Curriculum for English.
Teachers from Erskineville Public School, St Charles Primary School and Belmore Boys High School presented videos of how they’ve been introducing and developing knowledge of language in primary and middle years’ classrooms. This was followed by discussion of thorny issues and sharing ideas with a view to developing networks.
Other participants included teachers from Tasmania, researchers from the University of Wollongong (Bev Derewianka, Pauline Jones and Honglin Chen), the Australian Catholic University (Sally Humphrey, Jing Hao and Tina Sharpe) and the University of Western Sydney (Katina Zammit) and representatives from the NSW Department of Education and Australian Independent Schools.
Bev started off by challenging the traditional ‘parts of speech’ approach to grammar through contrasting it with the meaning based contextualised approach used in the teacher projects. This was followed by teachers presenting a range of carefully designed activities for different stages.
Bev’s powerpoint, Imogene’s grammar games for early learners and a paper describing Sally’s application of a 4×4 literacy toolkit for teachers are posted here.
Pauline and Sally