Recently, I had the absolute privilege to attend a structured literacy workshop with Christine Braid and teachers from schools around our Kahui Ako. Christine, from Massey University, has been working with our Kahui Ako for a year and has been training and providing support for our kaiako in using a structured literacy approach. This is part of a series of PD days with Christine.
The day started with an overview of what structured literacy looks like in theory, what resources were available and what the scope and sequence reading and language looked like.
In the afternoon Christine lead a group of Mapua school students through a structured literacy session and modelled how a lesson may work. It was clear that this approach is engaging and enriching for akonga.
While structured literacy is not new in our kahui ako, this was an opportunity for teachers of year 7 and 8 to begin the korero about this aproach in senior primary students. I was there in my role as AST for the Kahui Ako but also as HoD English at Motueka High School. I am really interested in creating a region wide literacy and numeracy overview and making sure that when students transition into high school/secondary school, we have in place really good strategies and learned skills in literacy and numeracy.
If you are interested in this structured literacy PD, please get in touch and we can point you in the right direction.
Thanks to Sharon, Jess and the team at Mapua for hosting us.