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Sharon Callen

Sharon is a literacy consultant in a number of schools in South Australia and Victoria. She works with leadership and teachers to inspire research based change.

Recent posts from Sharon Callen

  • Reading Calendars

    Posted by Sharon Callen

    Over the years I have tried many ways for my Year 3-6 students to keep a record of their reading, but the most empowering and engaging format I have developed is the Reading Calendar. The Reading Calendar is a simple calendar template on which readers can keep a record of...

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  • Letter Explorations that Transfer to Reading and Writing

    Posted by Sharon Callen

    Involving children in letter explorations helps them learn about the alphabetic system. Such explorations should occur alongside the regular reading and writing activities of the classroom. Letter explorations assist children in: understanding the concept of letters learning letter names of the twenty-six letters in alphabetical order identifying upper and lowercase...

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  • 7 Powerful Ways to Use Personal Word Walls Years 3-7

    Posted by Sharon Callen

    There's an amazing tool that enables your Yrs 3-7 students learn how to spell the words they most frequently use in their writing and understand how words work. It's cheap, it's simple, and it enables personalised investigation and learning. What's the tool? A Personal Word Wall.   Here are 7 powerful...

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  • What are Quick Writes?

    Posted by Sharon Callen

    Quick Writes are my most favourite writing tool, writing strategy and writing buzz! And I haven’t yet had a student across Years 3-6, across the world, who hasn’t agreed with me. For me Quick Writes are simply one of the most important tools I can add to my writers’ tool...

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  • How to Teach Students to Fix Their Reading When Meaning is Lost

    Posted by Sharon Callen

    What strategies can we teach our readers to enable them to fix up their reading when meaning is lost? When meaning is lost and children need to know what to do to continue their reading by themselves, they need to use fix-up strategies. The best way to teach fix-up strategies...

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