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Teaching children to read and write

This webinar explores the theory and practice of teaching children to read and write. Dr Christine Braid (leader of Literacy@Massey), an expert in early literacy, shares her vast knowledge and expertise around the processes involved in learning to read and write and what this means for teachers’ classroom practice.

We also discuss a new resource from The Education Hub, which Christine has co-developed, in which we have worked with five primary schools across New Zealand to capture examples of how the principles of effective literacy instruction in early primary school can be enacted in the classroom.

To help you navigate the webinar easily, there is a list of the key topics covered in the session below, including the time each was discussed.

Topics discussed in this webinar

Times shown in minutes and seconds from the start of the video

4.07How we learn to read
10.29Learning to write
13.45 The practices required in early literacy classrooms 
21.06 Assessing and monitoring progress in reading and writing on a daily basis 
26.01Key messages for early literacy teachers and leaders 
35.25The practice-based resource co-developed by Christine Braid and The Education Hub  

Useful resources 

You can take a look at the practice-based resource co-developed by Christine Braid and The Education Hub here

The Education Hub also has a number of research reviews on early literacy, including the following guides: 

Theories of early literacy development 

The pedagogy of reading 

Literacy and assessment 

Effective writing instruction in the junior primary years 

You might also find these resources from overseas useful: 

Australian Literacy Hub 

Literacy Essentials  


Dr Christine Braid

Christine is currently leading the Literacy@Massey training programme, where she works with teachers across New Zealand to ensure they have the knowledge and skills to significantly improve children’s literacy outcomes. She has a background as a primary school teacher and literacy facilitator, and more recently as an educational researcher in the area of literacy. She was part of the Massey University Early Literacy Research Project and lead facilitator on the Ministry of Education contract for teacher training in TEPiL.

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