Reflecting on how we learn to read

By |2011-04-29T14:07:00+00:00April 29th, 2011|Reading, Uncategorized|

My experiences of learning to read. I do not remember having learned to read. It was certainly before I went to school, and I remember little about . What I do remember was the day my myopia was discovered (sometime around Year 4) and it was discovered I had been unable to read from the [...]

Teachers who read, teaching reading

By |2011-04-25T13:49:00+00:00April 25th, 2011|Reading, Uncategorized|

Goodwin (2011, 2008) and Cremin et al (2008a), state that in order to teach reading well, teachers themselves must be readers themselves, share books for pleasure, model readerly behaviours, know a wide range of appropriate books, use books to support children’s development, their vocabulary and experience of the world as well as teaching them how [...]

My desert island reads

By |2011-04-22T14:05:00+00:00April 22nd, 2011|Reading, Uncategorized|

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4   I am now three days into my new post of English Leader at a large primary school in Slough, having returned to teaching after a five-year break, during which I have been working as a writer and editorial manager, both in print and online, for a number of [...]

Teachers of reading reading

By |2011-04-20T18:31:00+00:00April 20th, 2011|Reading, Uncategorized|

Where to start with reading? Well, the research I’ve been reading from people like Prue Goodwin and Teresa Cremin stress the importance of the teacher as a reader, as a figure on whom children can model their own reading, so it only seems sensible, before starting my new role as English Leader (only days away [...]

More questions, few answers

By |2011-04-18T10:40:17+00:00April 18th, 2011|Uncategorized|

Over the past few days I have been shunning the beautiful Cornish sunshine of my holiday for my laptop and first assignment for my master's degree, and I've come to a somewhat horrifying conclusion: for all the work I've done analysing my school's 2010 SAT results, my study into the historical results for children in [...]

Some of the things I’ll miss

By |2011-04-08T08:17:00+00:00April 8th, 2011|Uncategorized|

My last day at CCE today: tinged with melancholy and mischief as well as excitement at embarking on something new. Walking over Waterloo Bridge, as I have every morning for the best part of five years (from when I first arrived in London) it struck me I've been ridiculously lucky - the view below has [...]

Lessons in reading and writing (part 1)

By |2011-04-05T15:40:00+00:00April 5th, 2011|Uncategorized|

So, what did I learn from my meeting this morning? I’ve split it into two sections, what I learned about reading and what I learned about writing. Lots of it might seem so simple as to not be worth stating, some of it you may disagree with or have comment to make (if you do, [...]

Opening Pandora’s Box (the slightly uncomfortable, but enlightening journey, from unconscious incompetence to conscious incompetence)

By |2011-04-05T15:01:00+00:00April 5th, 2011|Uncategorized|

This afternoon I have the distinct feeling I’ve unwittingly opened Pandora’s Box. And I’ve got that panicky feeling that comes with knowing I’ve got to deal with the fallout of what I now know (surely Pandora must have had a similar - slightly gut-based - feeling?). This morning I met up with literacy legend Prue [...]