Watch episode 8 on YouTube
In this episode, we chat with two wonderful pre-service teachers, Lara (left) and Robert (right), who have just completed level one of Teaching Students with Dyslexia (TSD1). We thought this would be the perfect opportunity to ask Lara and Robert to reflect on what they’d just learned at TSD and how this contrasted with what they were learning about teaching literacy at University.
Lara is currently a student at Flinders University, undertaking a Bachelor of Primary Education. She has previously been a Police Officer here in South Australia, as well as a Teacher of English as a second language in Switzerland.
Educational Support Officer and fourth-year student studying a bachelor’s degree in Primary and Middle School education at the University of South Australia. Robert also works as an educator in an out-of-school hours care program. He takes great pride in supporting students with learning disabilities and has recently taken on Tier 3 support through the completion of the Playberry Multisensory Literacy Program.
Selected links and extras related to the episode
At the beginning of the episode, Bill mentions a blog written by Greg Ashman – here it is!
Bill mentions Mark Seidenberg’s book Language at the speed of sight and his views on teacher education institutions keeping the science of reading at arm’s length. Mark has an excellent blog called Reading Matters that’s worth looking at.
Below is a clip from an interview where he is discussing reasons why there are problems in teacher preparation.
S.A. Evidence-Based Teaching of Literacy Study Tour:
At the end of this episode, we invite anyone involved in teacher training to join us at Salisbury Primary School in 2023. There is, of course, an ulterior motive – to showcase the power of explicit, structured teaching of core subjects and the incredible impact this has on student learning, behaviour and self-esteem in the most complex of educational contexts. This is a call to action to those brave and dedicated folks who pull teacher training courses together to engage with us to see what we can do to better prepare our next generation of teachers to teach kids to read, spell and write. Excellent teaching of literacy is one of the best antidotes we have to social disadvantage!
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An invitation to Salisbury Primary School,
*Study Tour dates for 2023 are coming soon – email firstname.lastname@example.org to express interest