Making reading fun

27 03 2008

Yesterday I had an enjoyable morning listening to Lynne Kelly speak about extending gifted students in the classroom.  Once again I was reminded about how much these strategies overlap what TLs can offer in schools. One parent made a comment about her daughter’s teacher insisting that the daughter not read non-fiction, that she was required to read fiction.  Sigh.  Is our education system really so inflexible?

Dr Alyson Simpson, senior lecturer and director of the primary bachelor of education program at the University of Sydney, has something to say about reading.  She uses terms like  interest, passion, curiosity, play and wonder when talking about developing literacy in our students.   Great stuff.   Author Jackie French lends her voice to the discussion as well.  You can read the press release for her book here.

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