Category Archives: reading

From Scared Straight to Reading Wrong

He that will not apply new remedies, must expect new evils: for Time is the greatest innovator: and if Time, of course, alters things to the worse, and wisdom and counsel shall

Reading is a rebel act: on the role of school libraries

“My library was dukedom large enough” The Tempest, Shakespeare “The act of poetry is a rebel act.” Farewell to English, Michael Harnett Some people are never happy. After writing my last post on how

How do you get students to read for pleasure?

“There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book.” Marcel Proust Reading seems to make us smarter. Here’s Keith Stanovich explaining

Magic glasses and the Meares-Irlen syndrome

In case you missed it, I published a post on the dubious existence of dyslexia this weekend. A few people have been in touch via Twitter to tell me about the remarkable

The Matthew Effect – why literacy is so important

Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. Matthew 13:12 In the world of the

Some thoughts on silent reading

“And Johnny, what makes you think that is suitable for silent reading?”  “Because Sir, you really would not want me to read it out loud” Jim Smith, The Lazy Teacher’s Handbook Apparently

What to know: the importance of cultural capital

Let’s face it, we need to know to stuff if we’re going to have anything resembling a successful life. But what is it we need to know? As an English teacher I

How should we teach reading?

A few months ago I posted a piece in which Roy Blatchford (founder of The National Education Trust) outlined his manifesto for ensuring that every child gets at least a C grade

Reading List

Am in the process of trying to digest a number of education texts at the moment. Here is my current stack of reading courtesy of the lovely people at Crown House: My

Creativity, analysis and comparison

English teachers have a tough gig. We need to constantly hone the hard-edged skill of analysis whilst simultaneously encouraging the fluffy stuff of creativity. There’s a lot said and written about creativity

Zooming in and out

For some years now I have been using what I call The Grade Ladder with students to help them understand the skills required to perform at different grades. This isn’t particularly original