Ok, ok, I am going to fess up from the top, ‘the best bits’ means everything. I loved #TMLiteracy. It was a mission to organise and I was terrified that no one would turn up and that it would be naff. There is room for improvement, no doubt about it. But for a stab in the dark, first time outing – I think we did pretty well.
Getting ready to rumble!
Setting the tone – our amazing students entertain guests as they arrive
First up, we discussed our literacy washing line wishes. What are the biggest literacy challenges in your classroom? (Another post on this later).
Then our hero, Mr Phil Stock @joeybagstock, got the ball rolling making a compelling argument for working at sentence level across every subject. Arguing that the sentence, not the vocabulary, is what establishes articulacy and demonstrates progress.
“We need to be masters of the sentence.” Go Phil!
It seemed that organising and co-hosting wasn’t enough, so I gamely shared two student talk to writing activities. Nothing new I’m afraid and all readily available here on my blog.
Paul Robins, the first of our primary representatives shared his Helping Hands next. Explaining how the ‘five fingered’ approach allows teachers and students to set very specific targets for improvement. The idea being that the teacher sets 3 targets (3 fingers) for example – start a sentence using an adjective and then the student sets their own final 2 targets. What an amazing idea – #magpie.
Prize winners galore!
The Fix Up Team’s own Bola, reminding us You Are Amazing.
After a short respite for sarnies and tea, we were back on with Sue Alexander @BuSue championing the use of academic word lists. Check it out here: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/alzsh3/acvocab/
Rebeccah Hurst, a fellow Rdowner, shared her thought showers for Maths (and other subjects) allowing teachers to personalise stretch and challenge questions. Love this!
SwitchZoo http://www.switchzoo.com/zoo.htm from Ellie Byrne next. Great for vocabulary development and general fun with words.
Monica Patel explained the power of using graphic novels and visual stimuli to encourage students with low literacy levels.
More happy prize winners!
Like I said, it was all a best bit.