Free Learning Difficulties Including Dyslexia webinars

La Trobe University and the Victorian Department of Education have this year collaborated to run workshops across Victoria about learning difficulties including dyslexia. The workshops have been available to teachers and other Department of Education staff. The information from these workshops is now being made available free online via YouTube as webinars. Wow. Amazingly generous […]

Filling the gaps in teacher knowledge and skills

I’m the final speaker at the Maryanne Wolf seminar tomorrow in Melbourne, and am just finishing off obsessively polishing my talk. I don’t have any handouts for the session – I’m wrapping up quite a long day and don’t want to make anyone’s head explode with lots of new information. However, I do have quite […]

Upcoming training in synthetic phonics

I’m on the Professional Development committee for Learning Difficulties Australia, so have been madly researching quality training in synthetic phonics currently on offer in Australia. My theory is that the more we can publicise other people’s good training, the less we’ll need to run ourselves as volunteers, in our copious (not) spare time. I’ve discovered there’s quite a bit of training about […]

Free synthetic phonics teacher training on YouTube

Teachers doing “Balanced Literacy” programs often think they are doing a lot of phonics, and we should all get off their case. One academic commented recently that this is probably because nobody has ever given them an opportunity to see or use a proper synthetic phonics program. Getting an opportunity to show busy early years […]


  This archive of blog posts is organised from newest to oldest in the following categories: Teaching ideas Resource reviews (including information about resources available from this website) Theoretical stuff Training Miscellaneous 1. Teaching ideas Fact and fiction with Mem Fox. THIS is a BORING book! Decodable texts and lesson-to-text match. Nobody advocates phonics-only instruction. […]

11. Training

When seeking training, it’s first important to know what you need to learn. The International Dyslexia Association has written standards for both mainstream classroom teachers of reading and intervention experts, which provide an excellent basis for working this out. There are free webinars from the US’s 95% Group called Rethinking Phonological Awareness, Orthographic Mapping is […]

Early years

If you’re reading this, it’s probably safe to assume that you’re looking for ways to help young children connect sounds in spoken words (phonology) to letters and letter patterns (orthography), to maximise everyone’s chances of quickly learning to read and spell well. That means explicitly and systematically teaching about all 44 sounds that make up […]

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