What Three Sharings can do for you. By Sarah Mayor Cox
Three Sharings is a strategy that encourages everyone in the class or group to contribute because there are no right or wrong answers, only opinions. It also promotes oral language in an authentic, contextualised and scaffolded way, and can be used very effectively for formative or summative assessment. The beauty of the Three Sharings is that it is simple, needs little if any equipment or set-up time, is inclusive and open-ended, can be used at many different levels of understanding within the same discussion, and promotes deep thinking, comprehension, reflection and most importantly engagement with text. I do urge you all to try it; you and your students have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
Sarah Mayor Cox is an education lecturer at Bendigo campus of La Trobe University. She is regional director of the Children’s Book Council and the Australian Literacy Educator’s Association, and a regular children’s book reviewer on ABC local radio. Sarah is a wildly passionate lover and critic of all things textual (books, illustrations, TV, films, websites, mags etc.) for children and young adults and their parents and has dedicated her professional life to children's literature.
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Literature: not a resource, the heart of a reading program By Julie Shepherd
What implications are there if as teachers we aren’t immersing students in wonderful literature? What are we doing as teachers when in our classrooms our students don’t know the brilliant authors of today and yesterday? Do our students know our long-loved authors and also the new brilliant ones? Have they heard the words of Ted Hughes, Marjorie Flack, Shirley Hughes? Have they seen Oliver Jeffers’ latest? Or know Jon Klassen’s tales? Have they heard some of the old classics: Harry the Dirty Dog, Ferdinand or Ping?
Julie Shepherdis a classroom based independent education consultant who specialises in the areas of Literacy and Inquiry Learning. She has worked at Deakin University, has published several teacher reference texts; and worked extensively around Australia and internationally. Most recently she has worked in Beijing at the Beijing City International School. She loves working with teachers – modelling in classrooms and assisting with planning, and especially enjoys working with students (primary and secondary).