Welcome to the Live blog from the National Literacy Trust Conference.
Today, Pie Corbett and David Mitchell are presenting ‘Improving reading and writing through ICT’ from the Institute of Directors in London.
As you can see from the photo, the setting is inspirational. We are in the Wellington Suite and ready for a great day. We hope you leave inspired to try something new. I will be blogging this event live throughout the day so that delegates attending and other educators interested from around the world can see what has taken place throughout the day.
Pie Corbett Key Points:
It’s 28 years since Pie Corbett had his first BBC Computer. Technology should be used daily to engage pupils across the country. Images in the classroom can be a powerful vehicle for building up information and content and quite often undervalued in classrooms.
If teachers are not using shared writing, they are not teaching writing. It happens in Maths but 20% of teachers don’t do it in Literacy lessons. Many teachers sift through a unit and do shared writing on a Thursday in week 3 for 10 minutes BUT it should be done MUCH more often.
You can have all the ICT in the world but it won’t replace the teaching of writing. But give pupils a genuine audience and a sense of ‘working towards publishing our writing’ then pupils will work as hard as they possibly can.
Schools that do well have a solid reading spine throughout their school. Books are valued and throughout the school and pupils have access to a range of authors from Reception to Year 6.
Use of images:
As soon as images are used to warm up, you break the barriers down in the classroom. There are no words and images like these are great to provoke thinking. ‘What is this frog thinking about?’
Time to comment… What do you think this frog is thinking about?
Working with images, poems or stories are an experience where you can’t be wrong. To use questioning like ‘Tell me about…’ will help pupils be creative in their response to elements of an image.
‘What do you think has just happened?’
‘What do you think is going to happen next?’
Images of doors and windows work very well as pupils can add their own ideas. If you are looking at an image of a face, you can use the spine of the picture -the eyes, nose, mouth, chin, neck and hair. Then branch out to a sweater that you imagine they are wearing etc.
Pie led a shared writing session where he used the class (audience) to develop writing, Julia Strong was used as a TA who was creating a word bank from the suggestions from the class:
Here are the flip charts from this morning so far:
Ideas from the room on how Coveritlive could be used in the classroom:
Coveritlive Session this afternoon: