On Saturday 21 April over 120 pre-service teachers, graduate teachers, teachers from partner schools and teacher educators had the opportunity to participate in a professional learning day with David Hornsby, one of Australia’s leading literacy educators.
David took us on a whirlwind tour of phonics and their role in the teaching of literacy, constantly reminding us that laughing children learn, through doing, thinking, talking. He reminded us of the power of quality children’s literature as a source of powerful learning about sounds and words and that meaning is everything. He provided a wealth of practical strategies for us to use in our teaching – and not just of literacy. His messages about engaging children and establishing conditions for learning apply to all areas of learning and teaching. Rachael-Paige Brockett, one of our pre-service teachers, summed up the general feeling about the day:
I can’t thank you enough for organising David to come to talk to us today. I feel inspired to teach literacy and feel confident in doing so. I have not stopped talking about David and his presentation since I have been home and feel encouraged and empowered to teach children literacy skills that are practical, essential and actually beneficial for students to know.
Once again, thank you very much for allowing me the opportunity to learn skills and strategies to teach literacy. If David does a presentation next year, I will be sure to attend and will encourage as many peers as possible to come!
A big thanks to Jan Senior for the organisation of this event and to Kate Lorkin and her team of helpers who made the day go seamlessly.