Excerpt from The Australian Newspaper – Mother Imogen Stubbs
Whenever I do a presentation, I show my audience this paragraph from the Australian Newspaper and read it out aloud. By the time I get to the end of it, I have a lump in my throat, my eyes are filling with tears and I struggle to speak.
I’m not sure what it is about these words that resonates with me so deeply, but I often go back to them and read them over. I think it’s the beauty of the words and the powerful way in which they convey the depth of despair this child feels when trying to write.
To me this is a beautiful piece of writing just the way it is.
Here is another one I use in my presentations.
My audience always buzzes and excitement ripples through the room as the parents and teachers try to decipher what is written on the board.
It’s like a fun competition to see who can read it first, yet most teachers have seen this many times before, especially those who teach the younger year levels.
So here is my challenge to you. I want you to write me a sentence using phonetic spelling. Just as a child who is learning to write correctly spelt words, you’re going to find writing phonetically challenging. The tables have turned. Have some fun and enjoy yourself.