Reading Specialist

Spring 2014

Being literate

What does it mean to be literate?




Critical thinking



Components of a literacy program

Read Alouds

Shared reading

Guided Reading

Literature Circles

Independent Reading

Dramatic reading/readers theatre


Four roles of the literate learner

  • Code user
  • Meaning maker
  • Text analyser
  • Text user

Accountable Talk vs Student Voice

Accountable talk is staying on task, focused discussion.

Student voice is honouring student opinions and interests and using their input in decision making.

Informal Talk - unimportant things/general

(e.g., brainstorming, asking questions, comparing)

Social Talk - captures interest and students define themselves within a group

(e.g., express viewpoints)

Accountable Talk - focus, deliberation of a topic/purposeful exchange of ideas

(e.g., literature circle discussions)

Formal/Scripted Talk - prepared, rehearsed presentations

(e.g., storytelling, oral reports, debates, readers theatre)

Primary Reading Discussion Paper

Students need access to five hundred books or more. This variety needs to circulate among classrooms, school library, workroom resources providing new choices are available to students on a regular basis. (page 13)

"A classroom environment rich in poetry, songs, wordplay, drama, books, language games, and lively purposeful talk builds students' appreciation and awareness of language, and also builds the foundation for explicit instruction in the sound structure (phonology) of the English language." (page 11)

Professional Resources

* Making Thinking Visible

*Collaborative Inquiry Circles in Action

*IQ - A practical guide for inquiry-based learning

*The EQ Edge - Emotional Intelligence and Your Success


(lesson topics - relevant resources, credible resources, developing inquiry mindedness)

How to Collaborate with Difficult Staff

*Promote other teachers - "You should see what .... is doing in their classroom".

*Have the teacher "buy-in" at whatever level they are at and work from there.

Inquiry-based Learning


-open ended questions

-parallel tasks

-student led


-exploration, hands on


-meaningful, purposeful, real life scenarios

-critical thinking

-activate schema

videos can be found related to the Primary Reading Discussion Paper