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Need help with literacy, especially improving reading and writing?

In 2015, I intend to offer the usual range of literacy help. However, a major focus emerging for schools is helping mid-range students lift their results. For example, how does a student 'stuck on a B' end up as an 'A' student? It is very clear that what is helping struggling students to pass is not working with the higher achieving students; in some cases those students appear to be falling back.

Over the past year, I have spent a great deal of time researching and developing ways to help these mid to high achieving students. The approach that I am taking does not involve ditching genre - as is being recommended by a number of people. The problem is NOT genres, but how we think about genres and how we teach them. Far too much emphasis is placed on the basic genres; more emphasis needs to be placed on using genres effectively in particular contexts, combining genres and using them metaphorically. This is the key to improvement and growth.

While I am continuing with student workshops where requested, my emphasis in 2015 will be on the direct training of teachers, especially through explicit modelling and coaching. The most effective way to work with schools is to work directly with teachers at the point of need, planning lessons, units of work and resources.

So, if you would like to work with someone who gets results, lifts the achievement of mid to high level students, and creates real, sustainable change in the way teachers think about literacy, contact me, Lindsay Williams, The English Teacher Guru.

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