When it comes to feedback, there has been lots of blogs about feedback to pupils – written and verbal and in lesson responsive teaching. There have been fewer about how feedback can help improve an aspect of a teacher’s classroom practice in terms of their subject pedagogical knowledge.
Writing is a code for sound; as ever it’s not quite that simple. You’ve probably read the title, know what I mean but also realise that it just looks “plane rong”. We have both sound and word representations in our minds. In experienced readers’ minds phonology (word sounds) and spellings (orthography) work individually and together; in experienced readers this is a rapid, automatic and mutually reinforcing process. Continue reading
Every now and again you come across a book that is an absolute gem; The Reading Mind by Daniel T. Willingham has captured my attention over the last few weeks. In attempting to provide some leadership to develop literacy across the school I’ve realised the limits of my knowledge. Reading has helped; in fact reading helps us all develop our knowledge. Continue reading