The 3 (or more) big things… English and Maths Fest 29th June 2015 Catriona Mowat Engagement Structure Great selfmotivation Feedback Stimulation ‘Standards are raised ONLY by changes which are put into direct effect by teachers and pupils in classrooms’ Black and Wiliam (2001), ‘Inside the Black Box’ “…the word-rich get richer while the word-poor get poorer” …in their reading skills Canadian Assoc. of Librarians “Spoken language forms a constraint, a ceiling not only on the ability to comprehend but also on the ability to write, beyond which literacy cannot progress” Myhill and Fisher To begin at the beginning: It is Spring, moonless night in the small town, starless and bible-black, the cobblestreets silent and the hunched, courters'-and- rabbits' wood limping invisible down to the sloeblack, slow, black, crowblack, fishingboat-bobbing sea. The houses are blind as moles (though moles see fine to-night in the snouting, velvet dingles) or blind as Captain Cat there in the muffled middle by the pump and the town clock, the shops in mourning, the Welfare Hall in widows' weeds. And all the people of the lulled and dumbfound town are sleeping now. “ Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested: that is, some books are to be read only in parts; others to be read, but not curiously; and some few to be read wholly and with diligence and attention.” Francis Bacon, 1562-1626 • Make connections with other subjects/main course • Encourage students to self-assess/ peerassess • Keep it varied • Set homework/ flippin’ eck! • Set targets • Give rich feedback that really feeds… • Get DIRTY Teachers make a difference… but they don’t make all the difference Have a great summer!