Essays & Presentations

In his brief life Vygotsky observed that the very process of writing one’s thoughts leads individuals to refine those thoughts and to discover new ways of thinking.
— (Wolf, 2008, p 73)

If the Notes section seeks to meander through various areas/perspectives on language and literacy development and the Principles section seeks to layout key aspects of best practice, then the Essays section seeks to take a more exploratory approach to issues of teaching and learning. This is a space where we ask questions about the how, the what and the why of literacy teaching. What qualities must a teacher possess? How does one manage a balanced curriculum? Why do we do what we do? What are the values implied in a given text and who does it pertain to? Are we on the right track?

In short, the Essays section is a section in which we look into questions of relevance from a more discursive stance. This is in keeping with the original meaning of the word “essai”, which - in Middle French - means to try, attempt, test, examine, etc. Welcome. Please explore and enjoy! 

More to come ...



Wolf, M. (2008). Proust and the squid: the story and science of the reading brain. Cambridge: Icon Books.