Some great ways of checking that our planned literacy experiences are focused on thinking about learning… I loved the idea of the Bloom’s Buttons that you’ll see in the slideshow! If you want to know more about these then leave a comment and I’ll let you know how to get hold of them!
This is a good website if you’re looking for ideas to help teach reading strategies. You can filter by age or the strategy you’re teaching and you’ll get texts or passages with lesson ideas and support materials. There’s a lot there to give you ideas, so take a look! http://www.readworks.org/
‘Big Writing’ is a strategy used to teach writing; developed in England by Ros Wilson, its core principle is to improve the writing standards of our learners.
The purpose NOT to teach the features of fiction and non-fiction text, but to develop the confidence of our learners in using ambitious vocabulary, varied connectives, powerful openers and sophisticated punctuation to produce effective pieces of writing.
Whilst using Big Writing I have found that:
- Learners thoroughly enjoy VCOP games and activities (Vocabulary/Connectives/Openers/Punctuation)
- The interactive software, which can be purchased through Andrell Education, supports practitioners when planning lessons
- The ‘Scottish Criterion Scale’, used to assess pieces of writing, gives you a shared standard in which learners can work towards
- Moderation with colleagues is KEY to ensure that we are assessing pieces accurately and with confidence, due to some subjective criteria in the scale
- A wealth of resources are available to support Big Writing, however they are not housed in one particular place
Visit the Andrell Education website below to find out more:
Are you using Big Writing? If so, we’d love to hear your experiences of using the strategy.
More ideas from the website mentioned in the previous post! I like that these can be applied to any book the children are reading and really get them thinking!