How do I know what I know?
What even are words? Why is that spelt that way?
What is the rule?
I have been going a wee bit crazy this year going deeper into English and how to teach it!
During my time at school I was a Maths kid. I lovedddd algebraic equations! But give me even a 30 min English session I use to walk as slow as possible with all the detours so I might miss even 1 minute of it.
I never would have thought looking back at those years that Literacy would go on to become one of my favourite subjects to teach.
I have been on a 7 year journey, looking at ways to weave "21century skills" with the knowledge needed to read, comprehend and beyond.
This year my class are 100% bilingual (EAL) and every day I am in awe of how they can hold two or more languages in their heads to navigate their world.
Let's see where I am in my Literacy journey so far....
What makes learners queue up for hours to go on a 30second ride and then go back again for more? (when some of them can't sit for 15seconds to listen to instructions)
These questions have been on my mind for years, while looking into learner engagement and how we earn it.
In my first year of teaching, I was captivated by Ken Robinson's message about creativity in schools and as the Art specialist it made me realise how many magical opportunities creativity could give.
This got me onto Richard Gerver's book Change. I love this book for many reasons but in this context I love when he talks about the vision he and his colleagues had for their school, Grange. He said they wanted it be 'Like a Disneyland of learning.'
So this has been a big part of my inquiry so far. And I am excited to share the journey with you.
Can we make our classrooms the Disneyland of learning?