Shirley Houston



Member since
10/05/2012

Shirley Houston

Promoting a sound start to learning

Shirley has a Masters degree in Special Education and has been teaching in the area of Special Needs for 30 years. She has taught in government and independent schools, primary and secondary, universities and TAFE. Shirley has also taught in several states of Australia and in the U.S. Her particular interests are specific learning difficulties, early childhood, education of young gifted children and literacy. She loves travel, reading and music.

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Making Maths Dyslexia Friendly
by Mee-Ok Lee on 17/10/2017

l liked watching the videos that were full of good tips.

Synthetic Phonics - Fast and Fun
by Bruna Krstulovic on 14/09/2017

It was a very interesting course and it strengthened my strategies to teach synthetic phonics. The course also provided a range of good educational resources for the participants to use and put into practice. Shirley was also always prompt to respond to our comments and to provide a feedback and guidance. Excellent materials for professional development!

Synthetic Phonics - Fast and Fun
by Ben Wiggins on 30/08/2017

The ‘Synthetic Phonics Fast and Fun’ course really lived up to its name. The course was set out in a systematic, sequential and practical manner. The course began with an in-depth look at the theory and research behind the importance of synthetic phonics in reading instruction. The videos used to demonstrate theory in practice really contexualised the learning. With a broader knowledge of phonics, I was able to more effectively trial the phonics programs, teaching methods and resources provided within the modules. The final task of designing my own action plan highlighted the knowledge and skills I had gained from the course. Shirley, the presenter, was there to answer any questions and always provided timely feedback on the tasks I completed throughout the course.

Synthetic Phonics - Fast and Fun
by Melissa Medlicott on 30/08/2017

Synthetic Phonics Fast and Fun was an informative course on synthetic phonics and also provided many useful tools that can be used in the classroom.

Making Maths Dyslexia Friendly
by Anne Wolkowitsch on 15/08/2017

Excellent insight of the world of a dyslexic. Good strategies to work on. Definitely a course I would recommend.

Success with Dyslexia
by Morgan O'Neill on 07/07/2017

Great course. I gained a huge amount of insight into dyslexia (and learners in general), and lots of practical tips that I can take in to the classroom to benefit all of my students, and especially those with dyslexia.

Success with Dyslexia
by Tineke Condon Palmer on 15/06/2017

This course got me thinking about how all our students learn and the different types of learners in our rooms.

The challenges and advantages our dyslexic learners have and how we can make learning more engaging for them.
The course gave me techniques and tools I can use to help with the skills that dyslexic students need more support with.

Success with Dyslexia
by Catherine Scott on 13/06/2017

I would like to say how helpful and enlightening this course was for me.
I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to be a part of this
course.
Thank you.

Synthetic Phonics - Fast and Fun
by Jacqueline Davies on 12/06/2017

Parts of the course were suitable for Preschool Educators and Primary School Educators. The websites such as Phonics Hero and Letters and Sounds are wonderful and will be used often in my classroom. I found some of the videos very valuable, e.g. segment from Today Tonight showing parts of lessons. Shirley replied promptly to my comments and requests.

Synthetic Phonics - Fast and Fun
by Alexandra McGain on 08/06/2017

This course was informative and engaging. It provided wonderful resources on synthetic phonic instruction and how to implement a successful phonics program to students. The support that the Tutor provided was outstanding, which allowed you to ask questions and to trial skills learnt during the course and receive feedback on your implementation and results. I would highly recommend this course to anyone teaching young students.

Synthetic Phonics - Fast and Fun
by Sam O'Kane on 08/06/2017

The course very informative. It was set out in a clear order, that made learning easy. I like the idea of synthetic phonics and appreciated the opportunity to read other teachers feedback and comments on how it worked in practice. This was a good course to be involved in as you could do it at your own pace within the required yet flexible time frame. I now have a better understanding of synthetic phonics and the student’s in my class are really benefiting from this approach.

Making Maths Dyslexia Friendly
by Pam Newlan on 02/02/2017

I was very excited by this course, and very relieved to find a course which really delivered on its promise. As a secondary Maths teacher I had not felt well equipped to support students who clearly had major difficulties with basic number concepts, and this course provided concrete help.

Synthetic Phonics - Fast and Fun
by Shahla Wahid on 20/01/2017

This course provided the opportunity to look at models of synthetic phonics instruction and become familiar with effective and fun-filled strategies for such instruction. I found it a very useful course as it made my mind very clear about this terminology and how I can apply it effectively in the class room.

Success With Dyslexia
11/01/2017

The course provided an excellent introduction to the definition of
dyslexia and provided practical activities to implement learning. The
use of comment boards allowed for greater engagement and learning
between peers.

Synthetic Phonics - Fast and Fun
05/01/2017

This course provided the opportunity to look at models of synthetic phonics instruction and become familiar with effective and fun-filled strategies for such instruction. I found it a very useful course as it made my mind very clear about this terminology and how I can apply it effectively in the class room.

Success with Dyslexia
by Dawud Ilham on 29/12/2016

Very relevant to address student needs

Making Maths Dyslexia Friendly
23/12/2016

Some course materials were useful for me but other stuff was not new or relevant to my needs.

Making Maths Dyslexia Friendly
by Antonio Sanchez on 13/12/2016

Very helpful strategies for teachers early in their career.
However — it was very time consuming and needed more weeks than allocated.

Success with Dyslexia
by Louella Evans on 05/12/2016

A thorough and informative course filled with resources, knowledge and ideas on helping dyslexic students.

Making Maths Dyslexia Friendly
by Louella Evans on 05/12/2016

A very informative and comprehensive course filled with lots of practical ideas for helping dyslexic students thrive in Maths.