A fun day of lessons at Binfield Primary School, Binfield, Bracknell Forest. Another lovely day, full of more laughter. Thank you to Jill Hanson, her colleagues and pupils for a thoroughly enjoyable wander through the world of words.
It is always a joy to watch growded-ups and children, take off and fly, with speaking and listening, writing, exploring, creating and more.
“Verbal jazz”, the ability to make things up on the spur of the moment, is a skill that empowers every kind of person, in so many walks of life.
We need to encourage creating sentences, and ideas, as they go. Trying and flying.
One of the techniques I use is to get children, or adults, to start talking when they get asked a question. For example, “Aha! A good question, my child…” said one of the characters today. He was ten, by the way, but still got so much in to the role that I believed he was a grizzly, old retainer.
That “starting to talk”, rather than nervously umm-ing and ahh-ing whilst you wait for the words to come, means that you break your own nervous silence.
The words you want, and didn’t even know you had within you, appear to flop in to place behind those opening phrases.
“Start and the rest will follow”, seems to give confidence to even the most reluctant speakers.
The same principal also feeds ideas for even the most reluctant writers. Start, however stumbling you may feel, and you might find you are running with words in a short space of time.
Believe me. It does work.
The children who did some “instant creativity” today, provided great moments of entertainment for the others in the room too.
Well done all the children.
Thank you to Jill Hanson, her colleagues and pupils, for a thoroughly enjoyable wander in the world of words.
As somebody, amusingly said today, after one of the funny gems a child invented, “You just couldn’t make it up”!
“Oh! Hang on! They just did!”
And after all this the teachers reflected on the ideas and techniques explored today during a Twilight Training session.
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