August 2, 2013

The Donald Graves Memorial speech for ALEA 2012

A recent speech (2012) appears below, by request. It’s the speech for the first Donald Graves Memorial Lecture at the national Australia Literacy Educators Association […]

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December 5, 2016

Should we teach writing well or badly?

© Mem Fox The Donald Graves Memorial Speech Australian Literacy Educators convention, July 2012 Once upon a time—in 1992—I found myself in Donald Graves’ house […]

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December 5, 2016

If Wishes were Horses by Mem Fox

Keynote for Geelong 2015 Abstract: We cannot expect the children in our classes to write anything half-decent unless they have something half-decent in heads to […]

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August 9, 2013

The Folly of Jolly Old Phonics

A phonics tale of three children (with morals for teachers of reading) © Mem Fox 2008 This piece was presented at a conference of Auckland principals in […]

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August 8, 2013

Learning from learning

Try as we might, none of us will ever be perfect teachers. The most we can hope for, in our quest to be God, is […]

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August 7, 2013

In the teaching olympics, who wins gold?

Fox and Wilkinson ‘94 Do you remember where you were and what you were doing when it was announced that Sydney would host the year […]

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August 6, 2013

Notes from the battlefield

Towards A Theory Of Why People Write (This article was first published in ‘Language Arts’, Vol. 65 No. 2 Feb. 1988) I’m a writer. As […]

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August 5, 2013

Politics, literature and green shoes

Current Realities In Whole Language This article was first presented as a keynote speech at the August, 1992 Whole Language Umbrella Conference. Because of the […]

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August 4, 2013

If I were queen of the world

A Talk For Parents On Teaching Children How To Read Before School If I were the queen of the world, teachers wouldn’t have to teach […]

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August 3, 2013

Like mud, not fireworks

The Place Of Passion In The Development Of Literacy What has passion to do with literacy? What has hairdressing to do with literacy? What has […]

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August 1, 2013


I take my hat off to teachers. You (we) are not appreciated enough, thanked enough, supported enough or championed enough. I myself come from a […]

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