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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

  • 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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  • How to Fill Your Classroom with Texts that Support Young Readers to be Successful

    Posted by Sharon Callen

    A most significant role for teachers in fostering childen's reading development is the provision of a broad range of supportive texts which allow children to read independently and build up a solid history of success as readers. It has long been recognised that one of the most important influences on...

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  • How to Develop Knowledge of Letters and Letter Names

    Posted by Sharon Callen

    Involving young childen in instruction that helps them learn about letters, helps them learn about the alphabetic principle. Instruction should assist children in: Understanding the concept of letters. Learning letter names and knowking that the names of letters are constant. Learning the names of the twenty-six letters in alphabetical order....

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  • How to Develop Vocabulary to Support Comprehension

    Posted by Sharon Callen

    When students are taught vocabulary in a thorough fashion, their comprehension of what they read improves. Your students develop knowledge of vocabulary through extensive reading of text that is rich in new words. Vocabulary can also be increased through explicit teaching. What does explicit Vocabulary teaching look like? Asking your...

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  • How to Support Fluency Development for Strong Comprehension

    Posted by Sharon Callen

    Luke and Freebody (1997) refer to readers as 'code breakers, meaning makers, text users and text critics', and all of these need to be considered when thinking of comprehension instruction. Improving comprehension is not just a matter of teaching your students strategies. Comprehension also depends on: Word level skills (decoding...

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