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Welcome to SharpReading, our website aimed at delivering quality reading programmes to the classroom.

Everything about SharpReading has been created by us - the stories and nonfiction text, publication, resource design, website design, filming - everything because we know what it is we want to provide for teachers and we want to have control over how it comes across. With the addition of our video tutorials, we think that we are getting close to our goal of providing a complete package for online professional development in reading for schools, homeschoolers, and parents.

ONLiNE Teacher Training
This is our big point of difference. We are not just another literacy consultancy delivering one-stop workshops. We can do that, but we know the busy-ness of the classroom and the stress of being a teacher in a system with often unrealistic expectations, and we want do do something different; something that puts high quality skills and resources in teachers hands and gives them ongoing support in the practical delivery. We believe that there are some simple processes that teachers need to be effective teachers of reading and we want to present them quickly and without any fuss. In less than 5 minutes you can view a video clip outlining simple steps that deliver quality learning about reading strategies for your students; have a go with your class and see what you think; come back and have another look to check whether you are getting it right. When your students are ready, move on to the next stage.
Follow this link if you want to find out more about the development of our programmes.

Please let us know what you think. We need your feedback - suggestions, advice, requests, and we love to hear those anecdotes about the successes you are having with your students.

Hilton Ayrey and Brian Parker

Hilton AYREY - BSocSci, Dip T Primary
Reading Programme Trainer - Junior and Senior School Specialist.
Hilton taught in primary schools for 18 years before taking up a position as tutor with the New Zealand Graduate School of Education, a high profile private teacher training organisation in Christchurch, New Zealand. Over the last ten years he has developed his innovative literacy programmes for preservice and inservice teacher training. These have been extensively trialled by teaching interns as part of their training programme and have been part of whole school literacy development in a growing number of schools (recent examples - Elmwood Normal School, Christchurch, Medbury School, Christchurch, Shanghai Academy, Hong Kong). He has also written a large number of literacy resources to support guided reading programmes including collections of stories, non fiction text, and assessment procedures..

Brian PARKER – DipT Secondary DipT Primary, Dip FA, Cambridge CTEFLA
Reading Programme Trainer – Senior School Specialist
Brian has done all his post graduate studies in education graduating as a high school art and art history teacher back in 1990. Not long after he retrained in English as a second language tutor to pursue his interest in literacy and international cultures. Ten years later , with ten years of teaching behind him he ended his work at the Ohtani Women's University and Clark International High School in Japan to resettle back in New Zealand where he once again went back to school, retraining as a primary school teacher. After 7 years of teaching and leading syndicates he was asked to join the team at the prestigious private teacher training college New Zealand Graduate School of Education as a primary and secondary school tutor. It was there that he formed a strong connection with Hilton Ayrey, a fellow tutor, and together they developed the online training programme SharpReading ONLiNE.




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