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Authors to know

Today I worked with another group of teachers about firing up the teaching of reading. Here are some of my musings on the matter. Many of you may have read the post ‘Promoting Reading’ which includes much of this and most of the books are similar but I have added some new authors in the […]

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TMX presentation

Tonight I had to make my presentation for TMX from home as I was hit by manflu! My presentation was about the Read for Joy wiki, the World map of Books and my general views on reading. Ultimately I am looking to develop a sense of excitement around reading and hope that you will join […]

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Promoting Reading

Today I worked with a group of teachers about firing up the teaching of reading. Here are some of my musings on the matter. Reading is an art and something which we should seek to pass onto children. It is imperative that teachers have a good understanding of which books are available for them to […]

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World of Books

I blogged yesterday about some work I had done with the Giraffes using google maps to show different seaside locations. Whilst working on it, I thought about how the maps could be used to fire up children’s reading or to support teachers / parents in choosing  books. The result I have arrived at is the […]

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Teachread?

I have been meaning to blog about an idea for ‘teachread’ for days. Last week I was lucky enough to run a course for Literacy consultants on the use of picture books in the Primary classrooms and found that, as usual, I had a wonderful time talking about new picture books but also moved onto discussing […]

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Man on Wire

I have missed out on blogging for quite a few weeks for several reasons but am trying to repair that having blogged about the Giraffes. I have been working for some time on a small project linking books and films together for use in the Primary classroom and posted about books which had been made […]

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Seaside books

I was talking to the teacher of Giraffe class about their work in the next summer term when they will be looking at a topic of the ‘Seaside’. We were talking about the best books to choose to use with this Year One class and after a few tweets Joy Simpson commented that this would […]

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Parps, Poo and Pants

I have posted recently about the strategic leadership of ICT so have decided to concentrate on literacy for this one. It is about time for another book recommendation post but I thought that I would go for something a little different this time. I am a serial collector of children’s books and have grouped some […]

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Using videoconference to support the use of quality texts

In November I posted a blog about my work with consultants in Rotherham on the Jolly Postman project when I videoconferenced with 19 classes dressed as Burglar Bill I am acutely aware from my own teaching and my work in schools that the use of drama can greatly increase the motivation of the pupils and […]

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Burglar Bill

I spent most of yesterday dressed as a burglar whilst videoconferencing with angry children! This was as  part of the wonderful Jolly Postman project in Rotherham. I have been supporting the two consultants who are leading on the project which involves twelve schools. Linda and Amy have  tirelessy driven the work which is brilliantly structured […]

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