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Contribute illustrations for the Dystinct Magazine

Illustration opportunities for the upcoming
January 2023 issue of DYSTINCT Mag

Callout #1 (Deadline 5 January 2023)

Article Topic
What's Stopping You? - Trying a New Reading Approach

This article describes some of the factors holding back a shift in classroom practices and suggests some steps that can be taken to step off the current dismal trajectory to improve student outcomes.

Illustration theme

Illustration Guidelines

Curiosity and certainty are inversely related; Teachers must constantly question choices to see other possibilities

You can feel free to create an illustration as per your creativity.

If you require a guideline, children can draw:

A picture of a teacher in front of a classroom of engaged students with the equation curiosity is inversely proportional to certainty written on the whiteboard.

Callout #2 (Deadline 5 January 2023)

Article Topic
What's Stopping You? - Trying a New Reading Approach

This article describes some of the factors holding back a shift in classroom practices and suggests some steps that can be taken to step off the current dismal trajectory to improve student outcomes.

Illustration theme

Illustration Guidelines

Negative feelings of shame, denial, anger, and guilt need to be processed to arrive at acceptance and growth

You can feel free to create an illustration as per your creativity.

If you require a guideline, children can draw:

A picture of an adult with a glowing heart with the words acceptance and growth written on it. And crossed out words like shame, denial, anger, and guilt written on the top of their head.

Callout #3 (Deadline 5 January 2023)

Article Topic
Then and Now: How Linguistic Phonics and EBLI have transformed my literacy instruction

This article describes the various elements of EBLI instruction and how adopting a shift from print-to-speech to speech-to-print orientation has made a significant difference in her students' acquisition of foundational reading and spelling skills.

Illustration theme

Illustration Guidelines

Anchoring literacy instruction to phonemes

This article requires a drawing of a child holding a whiteboard and saying words like tap, pan and tin. The words then disintegrate into individual alphabets' s' 'a' 't' 'p' 'i' 'n' with a little anchor attached to each alphabet and fall onto the whiteboard.

Callout #4 (Deadline 5 January 2023)

Article Topic
Then and Now: How Linguistic Phonics and EBLI have transformed my literacy instruction

This article describes the various elements of EBLI instruction and how adopting a shift from print-to-speech to speech-to-print orientation has made a significant difference in her students' acquisition of foundational reading and spelling skills.

Illustration theme

Illustration Guidelines

Reading and spelling are two sides of the same coin

You can feel free to create an illustration as per your creativity.

If you require a guideline, children can draw:

A picture of a child with their teacher and a coin with "reading" and "spelling" written on either side being flipped

Callout #5 (Deadline 5 January 2023)

Article Topic
My Journey Through Literacy Instruction

The author shares her personal journey of starting off with balanced literacy in the early years of her career as a kindergarten teacher to discovering EBLI after setting on a mission to uncover everything there was to know about how a struggling reader learns to become proficient.

Illustration theme

Illustration Guidelines

Rumbling with vulnerability-Most of us feel brave and afraid at the exact same time.

You can feel free to create an illustration as per your creativity.

Additionally, please also send in a few different doodles of thunder and lightning to be used in the design of the pages of the entire article. 

If you require a guideline, children can draw:

A picture of a person standing inside a rumbling cloud, half of their face showing fear and half of their face showing courage.  

Callout #6 (Deadline 5 January 2023)

Article Topic
Supporting Speech-to-Print instruction at home with games and decodable reading

The article emphasises the importance of step-by-step progression in literacy instruction and lists some engaging ways of reinforcing instruction with card games and activities to help beginner and struggling readers along their journey to independent reading.

Illustration theme

Illustration Guidelines

Using games in literacy instruction allows for necessary repetition and overlearning with the addition of joy and fun.

You can feel free to create an illustration as per your creativity.

If you require a guideline, children can draw:

A picture of a student and teacher playing a card game like UNO or Go Fish with letter sounds /m/ /f/ /b/ /s/ etc. written on the cards instead of numbers.

Callout #7 (Deadline 5 January 2023)

Article Topic
How and Why a Say, Spell, Read Approach Closes the Gap Quickly

The article describes the logic underpinning the efficiency of the Say, Spell, Read approach and demonstrates how it differs from the two other widely known approaches to reading instruction; Balanced Literacy and Traditional Phonics.

Illustration theme

Illustration Guidelines

Closing the gap quickly

You can feel free to create an illustration as per your creativity.

If you require a guideline, children can draw:

A picture of a rift/gap between two cliffs with a half-closed zipper bringing the two cliffs together.

Callout #8 (Deadline 5 January 2023)

Article Topic
Will the Real Sight Word Please Stand Up?

The article clarifies the confusion around the term "sight word", explains how sight vocabularies develop, and sheds light on both optimal and nonoptimal instructional practices from a Say, Spell, Read perspective.

Illustration theme

Illustration Guidelines

Teaching sight words

You can feel free to create an illustration as per your creativity.

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Instructions How to Submit

This article discusses how homeschooling is a fast-growing educational sector in Australia and suggests practical strategies that homeschooling parents of children with learning difficulties can employ to maximize the impact of their homeschooling.

Instructions for CREATING illustrations

Instructions for SUBMITTING illustrations

  • If your child can create digital drawings, that would be preferred. If not, illustrations on paper will suffice. (If your child can create a digital illustration please let me know about the software/platform that they will be using to create the file).
  • Please create/draw/colour on an A4 sheet of WHITE paper.
  • Scan the image and send us a clear image of the illustration without shadows. Please do not take a photograph using flash on your mobile device).

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  • Short bio- 25-50 words
  • Name of Child
  • Age
  • Location (City/Country)
  • Diagnosis/suspected diagnosis
  • 1-2 high-resolution headshots/ photos of the child

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