New instalments of the Literacy Teaching Toolkit are live, see:
Victorian Literacy Portal
The Toolkit is an online resource that supports teachers to implement the Victorian Curriculum F-10 and the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF).
The first instalment – reading and viewing for primary schools – was launched in October last year. Core teaching practices for writing, seven new expert videos and four pedagogical videos (Close Reading, Guided Reading, Literature Circles and Phonological Awareness) are now available. The full Toolkit (reading, writing, speaking and listening) will be available on the Victorian Literacy Portal in March 2018. Coolaroo South Primary School teacher Linda Gawne has shared some of the Toolkit content with other teachers in her school.
As a member of the University of Melbourne team that developed it, she is in a unique position to see its application in the classroom. She is the literacy leader at Coolaroo which means as well as teaching, she drives literacy practice across the school and supports other teachers in that aspect of their work.
'This provides one central resource: it has the theory but it also has all the practices,' she says of the toolkit.
'Much of it was written by practising teachers so other teachers can pick it up and run with it.
'But if they also want to know the theory or rationale behind the practice they can access this in the toolkit.
'We think teachers should know why they are doing things [in a certain way] because once you are informed you can make better decisions.'
University of Melbourne literacy education expert Dr Carmel Sandiford led the team behind the toolkit which was commissioned by the Department in response to requests from schools for accessible and high-quality literacy support.
Associate Professor Tricia Eadie, who also worked on the toolkit, said research showed the best way to improve language and literacy outcomes was to provide teachers with evidence-based approaches to support students' learning.
Using the toolkit in your classroom
The toolkit provides extensive references and examples of best practice including:
- concepts of print
- phonological knowledge
- word morphology
- comprehension and many more.
To access the new Literacy Teaching Toolkit for your school, see:
Literacy Teaching Toolkit
Supporting FISO priorities: Excellence in teaching and learning
Effective teaching is the single biggest determinant of student improvement in the school. While every school is at a different stage of development and operates within a unique context and with a diverse student cohort and staff profile, there is a substantive evidence base about the common teaching practices that have the greatest impact on student outcomes.
The Literacy Teaching Toolkit provides schools a number of pedagogical strategies that have been found to have a high impact on student learning.
To learn more about this priority and its supporting dimensions, see:
Excellence in teaching and learning
For information on the Victorian Curriculum F-10 and VEYLDF, see:
Victorian Curriculum F-10 and
Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework