Hi, I'm Norah Colvin
Hi, I’m Norah Colvin, founder of readilearn. Before readilearn, I was a teacher; probably for more years than I wish to reveal, but let’s say, quite a few, and always in lower primary, mainly year one (my favourite).
I’ve been a classroom teacher, full-time and part-time, of single-age groups and multi-age groups; I’ve been a resource remedial teacher and a home educating parent; I’ve been a curriculum writer for the Education Department, and a freelance education author; I’ve run educational sessions for parents and their children of before-school age; I studied literacy development and ran sessions for parents on how they could help their children read.
Education is my passion, especially the education of young children. Children are our future. We need to nurture our children in ways that will help them create the future they want. I advocate for curiosity and creativity, encourage questioning and critical thinking, and value diversity, tolerance and compassion. I believe that classrooms should be supportive and fun, connect with children’s lives, and provide learning opportunities that are meaningful and relevant.
Many of the resources in the readilearn collection are ones I made for use in my own classroom. Others I wish I’d had, especially the interactives. They are designed to support you in your role with lessons that are ready to teach (readilessons) and activities that are designed to progress children’s learning, not just keep them busy.
The word is made of three components that I believe are the foundation of education:
- empowerment through reading
- life-long learning
- with the focus on the individual learner.
I read. I learn. I am.
readilearn enables me to combine my passions for education, creativity and writing. I’d be delighted to receive your feedback about existing resources as well as suggestions for additional resources.
I am based in Brisbane, Australia. If you teach in Brisbane or the surrounding area I’d love to visit you at your school to discuss how I can support you in your role through the use of readilearn teaching resources. Contact me to arrange an appointment at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let me know what you need, and I’ll do my best to make it for you.
Partnership, Associations and Memberships
In early 2019, readilearn forged a partnership with itc thinkdrive.
thinkdrive is an online resource for teachers with a focus on critical and creative thinking and cooperative learning. It is a collection of thousands of downloadable worksheets and templates that are designed to support your teaching of these important skills and save you hours of preparation time.
Many of the teaching resources in the readilearn collection are now also available to itc thinkdrive subscribers.
Norah also contributed to the itc publications 2020 and 2021 Early Years of Learning Diary.
Books on Tour
In partnership with Books on Tour, we are happy to interview authors and illustrators and review picture books.
Library For All
Library For All is an Australian not for profit organisation with a mission to “make knowledge accessible to all, equally” through a digital library of books that is available free to anyone anywhere in the world. The focus is on providing high quality, engaging, age appropriate and culturally relevant books to children in developing countries and remote areas.
Student Blogging Challenge
Norah participates in the biannual Student Blogging Challenge as a commenter. She received this wonderful feedback from a participating teacher: “I am a 7th grade teacher in Marshfield, Massachusetts. I just started blogging with my students this year and have encouraged them to participate in The Student Blogging Challenge. I have read your comments on some of the student blogs and just wanted to say THANK YOU! It means so much for the students to see quality comments coming in from all over the country and world.”
Students Need School Libraries
Norah is a proud member of:
and supporter of:
Norah was employed by Education Queensland to write unit plans and overviews, lesson plans, and teaching and learning resources to support implementation of the Australian Science Curriculum, mainly for years one and two from 2012 until 2015.
She was previously employed by Education Queensland for two brief writing projects in the mid-nineties; one involved writing maths and literacy materials for years one and two, and the other involved writing a support package for parents.
Education is . . . Linkletter, Meanjin Reading Association, 1983
The Bionic Man – Cloze with a difference in Reading Around, Australian Reading Association, 1981
Baby’s Play Mat, Have Fun Will Travel, Australian Women’s Weekly, 1990
To School or not to School, Classroom Magazine, Ashton Scholastic, 1993
Materials to support educational software
Discovering Bush Rescue, Jacaranda Press, Brisbane, 1989
Kraken, Jacaranda Software, Brisbane, 1989 (click for Kraken reviews)
Vegetable Patch, Jacaranda Software, Brisbane, 1990
Fleetfoot Express, Jacaranda Software, Brisbane, 1992
Clockwise, Jacaranda Software, Brisbane, 1992
The Land of Um, Greygum Software, Brisbane, 1995 (Republished in UK by topologika software as Scally’s World of Problems; now also available in the App Store as The Land of Um.)
Saltwater Crocodiles (for the Spinout Stories) Greygum Software, Brisbane, 2002
English and Maths Skills Workbooks
Writing Skills Years 3 – 4, Excel Basic Skills Series, Pascal Press, 2000
Writing Skills Years 5 – 6, Excel Basic Skills Series, Pascal Press, 2000
English Action 6, Oz Educational, Macmillan, 2001
English Focus on Text Level 5, Macmillan, 2001
Ausmaths 4 Teacher’s Resource Book WA, Oz Education, 2002
Ausmaths 5 Teacher’s Resource Book WA, Oz Education, 2002
Literacy Teaching Notes for Real World Maths Book Just for Fun, Mimosa Shortland, 2000
Targeting Homework Year 1 for Pascal Press, 2021
Targeting Homework Year 2 for Pascal Press, 2021
Targeting Phonics Book 1 for Pascal Press, 2022
Targeting Phonics Book 2 forPascal Press, 2022
Targeting Phonics Book 3 for Pascal Press, 2022
The Congress of Rough Writers
A selection of Norah’s flash fiction stories is published in The Congress of Rough Writers Flash Fiction Anthology Vol. 1, to which Norah also contributed a chapter Building Community with Flash Fiction.
Tell ‘Em They’re Dreaming
Norah’s bush ballad Once Upon a Billabong is included in the 2020 Share Your Story Anthology Tell ‘Em They’re Dreaming.
It’s a Kind of Magic
Norah has one story included in the 2022 Share Your Story Anthology It’s a Kind of Magic, Stories and Spells by Second-Rate Sorcerers.
In addition to writing the teaching resources for the readilearn collection, Norah freelances as an educational writer. She reads and dabbles in fiction writing and is working towards publication as a children’s picture book author.