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Phillip Callen

Phil is currently teaching at Blair Athol North School in Adelaide, South Australia. He supports students and teachers in literacy, multi media, and the arts

Recent posts from Phillip Callen

  • Conferring with Readers: Assessment Rubrics

    Posted by Phillip Callen

    Conferring with students is a unique and significant opportunity to learn about what a student is doing as a reader/writer as we engage with them side by side during the Reading Conference. This resource, Conferring with Readers: Assessment Rubric, allows you to have a comprehensive eye on the child as...

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  • Conferring With Reader Prompts

    Posted by Phillip Callen

    Conferring With Reader Prompts Find out what your readers know about the act of reading with these 5 really good questions/prompts. Have them handy when you confer with each student individually, or during the Reflection/ Share Time. Or glue the sheet into their Reader's Notebook, ready for when you meet...

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  • I Can't Said the Ant

    Posted by Phillip Callen

    I Can't Said the Ant by Polly Cameron, 1961 (old as me) and a favourite, is a perfect poem for writing innovation. We’ve been talking a lot about poetry in podcasts and this is one of those poems that has danced along with me through childhood and into adulthood. A...

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  • The Motivation to Read Profile - Survey for Students

    Posted by Phillip Callen

    Designing effective and engaging instruction means considering the motivational needs of students. The Motivation to Read Profile: Survey for Students is a tool that supports teachers in creating motivating classroom contexts for literacy. Students who are engaged have their eyes on what they are doing, are ardently attending to the...

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  • Teaching Poetry: Mini Lessons

    Posted by Phillip Callen

    This resource, Teaching Poetry: Mini Lessons presents a range of Mini Lesson ideas K-6 to transform your teaching of poetry: from hearing it, to exploring it, to collecting it, to enjoying it, to creating it. The seven categories of Mini Lessons: Reading & Enjoying Poetry Collecting Poems Reading Like a...

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