Since our last KPMG day it has been so great to take some of the feedback and think about how I can get more student voice into my inquiry. One of next steps was to synthesis my project in a tweet length summary so here is goes - my tool:
Develops oral language that promotes critical thinking about current reading strategies and next steps. There are two elements - independent activities and intentional Teacher Led workshops, both work together to grow a shared language that fosters communication and collaboration
Recently I have been working on the Teacher Led workshops element of the website. In the picture above you can see me leading a workshop that get the learners to grow their voice and practice their roles.
These roles have come from my research into the reciprocal reading strategies and looking at John Hattie's research into reciprocal teaching. I believe my tool will take this a step further as the website will have many activities that allow the learners to independently drive their own learning when not in a workshop.
Successes from the trial:
- Learners really enjoyed the roles and having their own character
- By the end of the 1st session they understood their roles and some of the learners who were reluctant to speak in front of the group found the cards helpful to grow their voice
- The learners could see how this linked to their progressions and at the start of the session they did not have vocabulary to say what each reading strategy was used for but at the end of the session they could justify.
Next steps from the trial:
- Even though the learners could say what each strategy was I feel it was very surface so instead of giving each person a different role I am going to give each person the same role so we can focus on understanding what each role needs together
- Have the starter/ independent activities support the reading strategy we are focusing on. For example as a whole group we were looking at Thick and Thin questions so that when they were working independently they could use these in their work. I could have used this opportunity to focus on The Puzzler to practise questioning in the teacher led workshop.
Really looking forward to continue to refine my tool!! Watch this space.....
Although we do not know what the future holds I feel we have to attempt to understand what qualities and skills will be needed/desired to be successful adults: creative, risk takers who can self regulate and adapt to a changing environment (with confidence or resilience?). - That's my thoughts anyways. Helping children to accept and understand what ‘comfortable with being uncomfortable so you are prepared for anything’ means.