Introduction to SSP - Introductory module transcript

Hello there.

Welcome to the Introduction to Systematic Synthetic Phonics Short Course. My name is Jocelyn Seamer, and I will be your guide as you work through the modules of this course.

This course is for you if you are new to the Science of Reading, if you would like a better understanding of what Systematic Synthetic Phonics really is, and if you are curious about how tightly aligned your current practice is to the evidence base of the Science of Reading.

The structure of the course is really manageable: we want this to be something accessible that
doesn’t overload you. Each module is between ten and fifteen minutes long and there is an interactive activity associated with each module so you can consolidate and reflect. That reflection is really important because we all know that there is such a difference between professional learning and professional development, and we want you to be able to take what you’ve learned and implement it in your classroom.

The content of the course is as follows:

  • Module 1 – is about the research base of systematic and structured literacy
  • Module 2 – provides you with a framework to think about the evidence-informed reading instruction that you’re bringing to life in your classroom
  • Module 3 – shares some key understandings
  • Module 4 – will give us an opportunity to explore exactly what is and is not included in a Systematic Synthetic Phonics approach.

Naturally being in Australia we have the AITSL standards we are working towards. Today you are going to be able to spend some time working on:

  • 1.2 – understanding how students learn
  • 2.5 – literacy and numeracy strategies
  • 3.6 – how to evaluate and improve teaching programs
  • 6.2 – how to engage in professional learning, and most importantly, improve practice.

So, let’s get started.