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Insights and Updates - The Literacy Bug

Welcome to The Literacy Bug podcast, dedicated to all things literacy related. Originally, in its previous form, the podcast applied Ludwig Wittgenstein’s philosophy of language to the domain of literacy. Since then, the podcast and its associated website (theliteracybug.com) have evolved into something a little less esoteric and a lot more practical; we explore everyday issues pertaining to literacy teaching and learning. We want developing readers & writers to engage in literacy in a wide array of forms and possibilities. We want readers & writers to develop the skills to inform (and be informed), entertain (and be entertained), persuade (and be persuaded) as well as to ponder, explore, and speculate.

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Podcast #4: Targeted Teaching Relies on Quality Assessment Practices

Even though we are referring to this as the fourth episode of the podcast, it is the first one under the name The Literacy Bug. Originally, in its previous form, the podcast applied Ludwig Wittgenstein’s philosophy of language to the domain of literacy. Since then, the podcast and its associated website (theliteracybug.com) have evolved into something a little less esoteric and a lot more practical; we explore everyday issues pertaining to literacy teaching and learning. Without further ado, we launch into the first official podcast under the name The Literacy Bug. The topic is assessment. I would like to demonstrate how proper assessment practices are essential for effective teaching and learning, because they contribute to targeted, equitable instruction. We hope this is the beginning of many more episodes to come. (theliteracybug.com)iTunes Link: https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/insights-updates-literacy/id879917574

12mins

31 Oct 2015

Rank #1

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Podcast #3: Commanding a Clear View

Welcome to the third episode of the Wittgenstein On Learning Podcast. In this episode, I discuss Wittgenstein's concept of commanding a clear view. Given the amount of time spent recently on literacy pedagogy in the blog (wittgenstein-on-learning.com/journal), some may be surprised at the choice of topic. However, the topic makes perfect sense. Over the past few weeks, I have been committed to gaining a clear view of the topics of language and literacy development. I have taken a reflective stance of seeking an overarching description of my topic. With such a viewpoint, it is easier to "find my way about". In this podcast, I speak about commanding a clear view in a more general way, and I speak about the significant yet difficult task of developing a synoptic view over our knowledge. That said, any such achievement must be balanced with real practice. In other words, a thinker must spend time ommanding a clear view whilst also getting to the rough ground  to test and refine one's ideas. Or as Wittgenstein puts it, "thinking too has a time for ploughing and a time for gathering the harvest." (Culture & Value).iTunes Link: https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/journal-wittgensteinian-view/id879917574

16mins

1 Sep 2014

Rank #2

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Resources for Planning and Monitoring for Effective Literacy Teaching and Learning

After the previous update, you'd be correct to believe that the last video presentation was the final in a series. Even I was convinced of this. Alas, there is one more ... I swear ... or believe.Today, we share "Resources for Planning and Monitoring for Effective Literacy Teaching and Learning" which is available below as well as on YouTube at https://youtu.be/R71j5_kegzk.  View fullsize The video is a presentation that summarises a range of resources that can help teachers better plan and monitor for effective literacy teaching and learning. In many ways, it's simply an extension of the previous presentations (listed below).The presentation slides can be downloaded at http://bit.ly/2-Planning-Monitoring-Resources. We highly recommend that you download the slides, since they contain many resources mentioned in the video. Please be patient during download. It's a large file, at least in PDF terms (20MB).To recap, the following are links to the other presentations in the series:An Overview of Literacy DevelopmentVideo: https://youtu.be/yMGU7UIJ4RUSlides: http://bit.ly/2-Literacy-OverviewPlanning and Monitoring for Effective InstructionVideo: https://youtu.be/cZrtB8dTZEgSlides: http://bit.ly/2-Planning-MonitoringTeaching According to the Stages of DevelopmentVideo: https://youtu.be/D7vUhqVXLWgSlides: http://bit.ly/2-Teaching-Routines-StagesLast but not least, below is the podcast episode in which we talk about the latest presentation. Please explore and enjoy! And send us a message if you have any questions, comments or suggestions.

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8 Jun 2017

Rank #3

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Teaching According to the Stages of Literacy Development

Today, we have added yet another new presentation to The Literacy Bug's YouTube channel. The presentation is entitled Teaching According to the Stages of Literacy Development, and it can be found below or at the following link: https://youtu.be/D7vUhqVXLWg. View fullsizeLike its predecessors,  Teaching According to the Stages of Literacy Development clocks in at just about one hour long. So grab your popcorn, sit back, watch/listen and enjoy. The presentation slides are available, so download them here.This presentation explores the changing nature of literacy across the various stages of literacy development. In so doing, we discuss how instruction must change as learners consolidate core skills and prepare for new skills and expectations. Teaching routines for the various stages of literacy development are also discussed. Please explore and enjoy!. To be exact, the presentation sets out to meet the following objectives:to emphasise the developmental nature of literacy;to emphasise how literacy instruction and learning changes across the lifespan, particularly as certain skills are consolidated and new skills and expectations arise;to outline literacy as both a cognitive and social achievement that involves both the mastery of skills and the exploration of content; andto outline the various texts and routines that are applicable to Chall’s Stages of Literacy Development.(If you are new to The Literacy Bug, feel free to visit our popular page on the Stages of Literacy Development.)Let us know what you think. It's another longer presentation. We hope to produce some shorter ones in the future.Below is the audio from the presentation. Whilst it includes references to the visuals, the audio may well make sense on its own. If you would prefer to listen, feel free to play online or download for offline use. Also, it might help to download the slides, and you can follow along as you listen. We hope the presentation is useful and thought-provoking. Please explore and enjoy!

1hr 4mins

10 Apr 2017

Rank #4

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How to plan and monitor effective teaching and learning - a video presentation

Today, we have added a new presentation to The Literacy Bug's YouTube channel. The presentation is entitled How to plan and monitor effective teaching and learning, and it can be found at the following link: https://youtu.be/cZrtB8dTZEg. View fullsizeLike its predecessor,  How to plan and monitor effective teaching and learning clocks in at just about one hour long. So grab your popcorn, sit back, watch/listen and enjoy. The presentation slides are available for download here.Please note that the presentation does NOT explore what to teach or how to teach in detail. Instead, the presentation provides advice on general planning, monitoring and reflection principles. To be exact, the presentation sets out to meet the following objectives:to encourage informed, intentional, evidence-based teaching, which takes into consideration the learners’ currents skills, knowledge and intentions;to emphasise the importance of gradual, progressive, sequenced practice that allows learners to become proficient, confident and knowledgable;to reinforce how instruction may need to include both “intensive” and “extensive” activities; andto reinforce why it is important to reflect regularly on teaching and learning activities.Let us know what you think. It's another longer presentation. We hope to produce some shorter ones in the future.Below is the audio from the presentation. Whilst it includes references to the visuals, the audio may well make sense on its own. If you would prefer to listen, feel free to play online or download for offline use. We hope the presentation is useful and thought-provoking. Please explore and enjoy!

49mins

11 Mar 2017

Rank #5