I have finished my year in school. It was an interesting experience and I have a lot to write about in future blogs. There are lots of questions in my mind:
- What is the relationship between the curriculum and assessment?
- Has child-centred education disappeared?
- Why are teachers so compliant?
- Who decides what happens in classrooms?
- What counts as learning in classrooms today?
- Who is accountable for learning?
- What does progress look like?
These are just a few of the things I am going to explore over the coming months.
I have retired from full-time paid work now but next year will be doing a few things, including tutoring some trainee teachers. I am most excited though about working with Billy during the year. Billy is a six year old boy in my class who has failed to learn to read. He has had numerous interventions and support but still cannot read a text independently. He knows all the simple GPCs but cannot blend. Next year the school is adopting RWInc wholeheartedly and the whole of Key Stage 1 will be divided into ability groups for phonics. For Billy, this would mean repeated failure and I want to work with him to try other strategies for helping him to become a reader. I am going into school for 20 minutes, two or three times a week. I will report progress here each week and use my experiences to try and address some of the questions above and more.
Share the journey with me.