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Sharing literacy learning across the Pacific: an International initiative. My experiences as a participant in the LEAP program. The matching. Ontario O’Connor Public School, Toronto Approx. 250 pupils K – 5 Ten classes and a behaviour class Inner city school. NSW Yates Avenue P.S.

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the matching
The matching

Ontario

  • O’Connor Public School, Toronto
  • Approx. 250 pupils K – 5
  • Ten classes and a behaviour class
  • Inner city school

NSW

  • Yates Avenue P.S.
  • 256 students P – 6
  • Nine classes K – 6 with Pre school and an Early Intervention class
both schools had
Both Schools had:-
  • Literacy as a major target
  • An interest in how data could be used to improve student literacy outcomes
  • A wish to develop an international dialogue about school improvement
  • Staff who were interested in finding out about practices used overseas to teach literacy.
visit activities
Visit activities
  • Working with, and observing teachers and classes at Yates Avenue.
  • Visit to Matthew Pearce P.S. and Lane Cove West P.S.
  • Visit to Sydney Secondary College, Balmain Campus
  • Meeting with School Education Director
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O’Connor
  • School literacy program based on “New Moves”
  • Emphasis on the students being the heroes of their own story
  • Students have knowledge of the structure of writing and the language they use
  • Importance of poetry
  • Message is constant
my experiences
My Experiences
  • Observe the ways literacy structure was taught at O’Connor
  • “Heroes of the Round Table”
  • ANTHROPOMORPHISM
  • “Displacing” a story
  • Anatomy of a story – home, adventure, HOME (lack/desire, problem, conflict, fulfil the “lack”)
  • Comedy or Tragedy?
  • Basic needs– Food, Health, Freedom, Love, Shelter, Clothing, Home
my experiences1
My Experiences
  • Students can gain a great deal from the exchange even if it is to discover that although many things are the same there can be some major differences
  • Major question posed at both schools was – “Who has the accent?”
after the leap experience
After the LEAP Experience
  • Exploring ways of starting meaningful communications between our two schools.
  • Use of technology to promote literacy learning
  • OUR HOPE –

“From little things Big Things GROW”

(Kev Carmody and Paul Kelly)