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Re: Fwd: [xmca] Bruner on Vygotsky


 I have re-read your comments a number of times.
Your comments on "lending our consciousness" to the students as a way of
entering literacy is a very creative to engage dialogically with
print.  Direct instruction is far more "systematic" and PRE-programmed and

You wrote

Despite my own enthusiasm for AL as a particular approach, I'm aware that
it's an approach that requires teachers to think hard about what they're
doing. I've seen lots of urban schools and some remote schools run great AL
programs over the past few years, but much of the remote implementation has
been somewhat mediocre, because it's demanding to implement, teachers need
hands-on support at the beginning, and we haven't had the resources to
support the schools properly. So I'm watching the Direct Instruction story
carefully to see what happens.

Helen, I wonder if there is a particular kind of support that's required.
In particular does the support need to be "face to face" dialogically
intersubjective support where "we" are sharing THIS PROJECT together. To
sustain change it seems critical to create spaces/places within each school
where there is ONGOING dialogical give and take [RESPONSES] to generate
"understanding"  How institutions support this "way" of ongoing dialogical
engagement I believe is essential to support professional growth when
moving in new directions.
On Thu, Jan 26, 2012 at 8:29 PM, Larry Purss <lpscholar2@gmail.com> wrote:

> Helen
> Thank you for summarizing the historical development of  this exciting
> literacy approach.
> I went into the nalp website and found a 4 page article I'm attaching
> which indicates the profound impact this approach had at Kulkarriya
> Community School in Western Australia.  The transformations seem
> miraculous. I will definitely explore further.
> Larry
>  On Thu, Jan 26, 2012 at 7:19 PM, Andy Blunden <ablunden@mira.net> wrote:
>> Ha, ha! You are quite right Helen.
>> What an old fogey I am!!
>> Andy
>> Helen Harper wrote:
>>> Andy,
>>> are you confusing Noel Pearson with Charlie Perkins? Noel isn't that old
>>> - he's only in his early 40s. Charlie Perkins died a few years ago and was
>>> the Freedom Rides guy.
>>> Noel is a lawyer, grew up in a very different era.
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