NEWS - the latest from SharpReading
We have just wound up 4 weeks of extensive work with a number of schools on the Sunshine Coast. These schools are in different stages of their implementation, from the start-up phase (training teachers) to the end point where trainers within the school are now taking responsibility for monitoring the teaching quality and moving the school towards our 'Scope and Sequence' from Prep to Year 6. View the clips below for their views on our approach to reading instruction.
Kylie Baker, Primary Teaching and Learning Coordinator talks about introducing SharpReading at Nambour Christian College, Qld.
"A great training day. So practical...can't wait to get back to my classroom and SHARPen up my kids."
"I love how manageable you have made reading instruction! I have such a clear picture in my head of what my programme should look like!"
Very practical, 'ready to teach the next day' workshops get you started with our approach to Guided Reading.
Our pedagogy is based on keeping it SIMPLE and ensuring that students always experience SUCCESS. It takes time to HABITUALISE reading strategies so there must be systems in place to allow this to happen. And the outcome must be student AUTONOMY. How do we do that? Through structured ROUTINES and a simple developmental learning PROGRESSION. That's SHARP!
School PD - alternatively we come to you for whole school training, a start-up workshop, in-classroom coaching and ongoing training of your own in-school trainers to make sure the implementation is right and you get the very best outcomes.
SharpReading ONLiNE means our Guided Reading training is just a click away.
We walk you through the theoretical background and show you annotated video of the teaching routines in action in the classroom. Go away and have a go. Come back with fresh eyes and see what you missed.
We also provide ONLiNE Follow-up to all our workshops so that you can revisit the video clips to continue your learning well after the initial training.
Discounts available on purchase of bulk licenses. More....
"Learning at my own pace in my own time really works for me. The ONLiNE learning progression is really clear and and I can download everything I need. Email support is always available."
"These stories are the best thing. Kids love them. I wouldn't be without them for guided reading."
Our focus is on reading ages from 7-16 and we are adding to our collections of fiction and non fiction; carefully written, high impact text to get the most out of those so important guided reading lessons.
Check out our StoryBytes, Short Stories, InfoBytes, Information Reports, all with follow up activities based on Bloom's Taxonomy to develop independent after reading comprehension skills.
Our Informal Prose Inventory is specifically for those students who have had a couple of years instruction and are beyond the emergent reading phase. There is a running record component which allows you to check their decoding strategies, a retell section so you can check their ability to process and hold onto the content and Q&A. Tests are from RA 6-15yrs.
Provides that all important insight into whether your students are really processing text or just efficient decoders.
"I have been using these tests for years. I try other things but always end up coming back to IPI because it gives me the best data on my kids."
"As a Curriculum leader in a variety of schools I have been working with the SharpReading program and products for a number of years. I have been really impressed with all aspects of SharpReading."
Coolum Beach Christian College, QLD
"SharpReading has been an essential part of our school reading programme for 2 years. I can’t believe how good the Year 3 and 4 students are at unpacking sentences. Their ability to really process and think about what the sentence is saying is so good!"
Spreydon School, Christchurch
"Thank you SharpReading for StoryBytes! These resources are becoming a big part of my reading programme. The stories are just the right length with lots of interesting vocabulary and ideas - my readers love them and we all look forward to a new story every week."
Join our SharpReading Network
Keep in touch with what we are doing.
Hilton and Brian have been teaching and training teachers for more years than they care to remember. SharpReading Network is their semi-regular attempt to share the humble insights that they gain from working alongside you the teacher and your students.
We are continually looking for ways to SHARPEN the teaching and learning process and provide support for teachers so that reading instruction is meaningful and manageable.
Latest Blog Post
The SharpReading Team
West Australian SharpReading Consultants