Category Archives: Literacy

Reading conferences

“Reading conferences provide the most useful opportunities for formative assessment of students’ reading…” – Di Snowball, et al. Reading conferences are, as stated above, excellent. The students benefit measurably from the opportunity to receive immediate feedback from their teacher, get … Continue reading


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Hop. Book. Chat. E02 has dropped.

Twice as long is twice as good, right? Our second episode, Adaptations are the New Vampires, is twelve minutes of pure auditory joy about books that have been, or are about to be, turned into movies. Steven Spielberg, Suzanne Collins, … Continue reading

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Introducing – Hop. Book. Chat.

Jessica Holt, English teacher extraordinaire, and I have just created our first podcast! It’s called ‘Hop. Book. Chat.’. The first episode, Dragons are the New Vampires, is six and a half minutes about dragons in YA fiction. Listen here:

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Teaching Vocabulary

Following on from Hugh’s and Di’s presentation yesterday, I had some thoughts about integrating what they were talking about into the school’s teaching frameworks. GANAGing vocabulary When is the best time to introduce new terms? New terms will be encountered … Continue reading

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