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New Zealand Author Helps Teachers

Article by Brian Kirk, Meteorologist/Reporter KDLT NEWS
June 11, 2014 4:38 PM

The kids may be jumping into the pools or biking around the neighborhood, but teachers who are looking for an edge gathered at the University of Sioux Falls for some added education, and a few laughs as well.

Jill Eggleton is an internationally renowned author and educator and she traveled a few miles to get here, some 8,000 miles to be exact.  She is from New Zealand, but her message translates to teachers across the globe. "The early stages of literacy are so essential; it will create the pathway for learning for our kids for the rest of their lives.  We have to lay that groundwork immediately," said Reading Specialist Sarah Easter.

The groundwork should also be fun, so that the child grows a love for learning. 

Eggleton said passion is key, "What we're really focusing on is getting a love, getting so that children love reading and love writing.  That’s a challenge for all teachers; they have to get them to love it."
She’s famous for her discussions on literacy, and her approach to written, oral, and visual language.

"Every child comes in at a different stage of learning, and we have to take the learner from where they are at and move them to the next stage of learning.  We can't say that in kindergarten all the children are at the same level they will be at different stages of development."

More than 200 educators will leave the seminar with new skills, ready to light that passion for learning in each of their students.