It is always a delight to have the chance to show the techniques we have discussed on a training day, but this time, in action with children.
The three classes we spent time with today, at Bramhope Primary, in Leeds, were really up for a challenge. We wandered in the world of words and some children seemed to really surprise themselves with their creativity, I think. All of them were a credit to their school.
Well done, to all of the staff, and colleagues, over the last two days, for being really astute and preceptive professionals, who understood that “IT ISN’T ABOUT THE GAME”. Rather, that the social etiquette elements, creative confidences, and the desire to write, are inspired by careful questioning, positive reinforcement of efforts and getting some empathetic buzzzzzzzzzzzz going on in the room.
I don’t think you can ask more than receiving these thoughts from the two people who were ultimately reponsible for this event:
Expectations were high…teachers giddy with expectation having posted comments on the website late into the night and early this morning…and we were not disappointed. Infact it was beyond what I had hoped…it was not JUST!? Myst and motivating the little lovelies to write, it was brilliant teaching – some excellent control techniques!! and ways of drawing in the most reluctant child. Fab modelling of thought processes and language use, children were spouting superb similes and loving it!!
Simply, something all teachers need to experience.
Sam Collier Literacy Consultant, Leeds.
Expected a fantastic reaction and wasn’t disappointed. The teachers saw some terrific teaching from Tim, full of wonderful ideas and techniques, not all revolving around the computer. The children were clearly engaged and drawn into an exciting and stimulating environment. Can’t wait to see more.
Colin Davies, ICT Consultant, Leeds
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