Patricia Hipwell

Patricia Hipwell

"Reading is not an optional extra. It's not something we can decide to do or not do"

Patricia Hipwell has had an extensive teaching and consultancy career.
She has worked in several countries and, thus, has a wealth of experience and knowledge on which to draw, when designing literacy strategies and activities. As an independent literacy consultant, Patricia delivers literacy professional development to teachers in Australia, and works predominantly in Queensland schools. 

Patricia has specialised in assisting all teachers to be literacy teachers, especially high school subject specialists who often struggle with what it means to be a content area teacher and a literacy teacher. Assessment has been an area of interest for many years and much of Patricia's work enables teachers to create assessment that is "do-able." Students often have very little idea of what they are required to do and rely heavily on parents/caregivers to assist them. 

Patricia's beliefs: 
  • Literacy is embedded in everything that we do 
  • Literacy is acquired in a variety of situations over a lifetime 
  • Teaching literacy is everyone’s business 
  • Teachers need a range of practical ideas, strategies and activities (grounded in theory) to assist them with teaching literacy in their classrooms 
  • The ‘how to’ of literacy teaching is hard to find 
  • Strategies must match the targeted skill or practice 
  • Parents appreciate ideas and ways of assisting their children’s literacy development at home 
  • Making the literacy demands of learning explicit greatly enhances students’ learning
  • Each area of the curriculum has its own specific literacies that must be identified and taught explicitly

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How to Write What You Want to Say

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How to Write What You Want to Say... in Business - Patricia Hipwell

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