Archive for March 27th, 2012

Twurdy

| March 27, 2012 | 0 Comments 

Research results “Too Wordy?”. Twurdy uses text analysis software to “read” each page before it is displayed in the results. Twurdy then shows the readability level of the page along with a colour coded system to help users determine how easy the page will be to understand.

St Stephen’s Junior School, Canterbury – Day 2

| March 27, 2012 | 2 Comments 

Our second day St Stephen’s Junior School, in Canterbury. The children rose to all of our challenges.The staff from the school, and visiting colleagues, wrote some remarkable, descriptive narratives too.It is valuable for us, as teachers or TAs, to have a go at what ever challenge we have set our children.

Modelling is often one of the best ways of scribing. It is a bit like reading a paper in front of a toddler. Turn around and you can find they are also sat with a newspaper. O.K. It’s upside-down, but they are starting off on the road to reading.

Writing, or any other challenge, shouldn’t be something we inflict upon children and then we go off and do something “important”, “intriguing”, “mysterious”, “enjoyable”, or “superior”. It is important to show a shared interest, willingness and openness to “having a go” as well.The “Big People” today, wrote and wrote. They shared their ideas with the children around them. They left their writing lying around as a hint, a guide, or an example of potential style, sentence structure, or vocabulary.They were stylish and original gems of invention too. Nicely spicely! Well done all.
The children, in turn, offered suggestions, ideas or positive criticisms, to the giants there were sat next to on their travels through these mysterious worlds.There were a lot of us in some interesting settings, and it was joyous to see so much sharing taking place.

Thank you to Emma Hendy for and her inviting us and organising our visit, and to her energetic, inventive and adaptable colleagues for a fun filled and full on two days.

We look forward to hearing about your onward explorations, whether they are analogue or digital travels.