Day Two at Cadoxton Primary School, an INSET day working with the teachers and staff of Cadoxton, joined by 19 delegtes from 12 visiting schools: Gwenfo Primary, Romilly Primary, Eagleswell Primary, Gladstone Primary, Lakeside Primary, High Street Primary, Fairwater Primary, Ninian Park Primary, Llanfair Primary and Palmerston Primary.
Debbie Forse, literacy co-ordinator at Cadoxton, was kind enough to record these thoughts on the last two days:
I had heard Tim speak about raising the standards in Literacy last December. I enjoyed the day and found that the end came all too quickly. As a result we invited Tim to school to work with our children, to put it in Tim’s own words we asked him if he ‘was up for a challenge!’
I teach in a school where a substantial number of children have special needs of one sort or another. Many of the boys, in particular, are reluctant to write. What would they make of a whole afternoon?
I needn’t have worried; Tim’s charismatic personality soon won them over. Once the initial ice was broken, I have never seen the class more enthusiastic.
His approach involves encouraging all children to have a go. His use of ICT as a stimulus helps draw the more reluctant pupils in.
The most powerful image for me, was of the children stumbling over each other in their eagerness to read out what they had written, with our least able and most challenging pupils leading the charge.
I saw children confidently reading out their thoughts, children who normally would not put pen to paper, let alone read it aloud, for fear of damaging their “street cred!”
When I saw the blog pictures the next day I was amazed. There, in pride of place, on his own, was a boy from my class, book in front of him, pencil in hand, scribbling down his thoughts, as quickly as he could. This should be standard, you ask. No, this was the boy who, when asked to put pen to paper, would use every avoidance tactic known to man!
Tim’s teaching approach and style won over the children, his concepts are so much more than merely using ‘computer games’.
With the flexibility of the current curriculum, I will certainly be advocating this methodology in the future, looking forward to a raising of standards, AND having even more fun!
Cadoxton Primary School.
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