Isn’t the teaching of English something that’s only done in English lessons?
By the end, all of us primary and secondary teachers who attended this workshop viewed all subjects as opportunities for not just delivering specific subject content, but also for assisting young people in improving their English skills.
What we were shown is that each discipline has its own technical language which needs to be learnt and used, and writing styles can vary enormously from subject to subject eg creating a play or writing-up a scientific experiment in Chemistry.
When planning lessons, if we keep this in mind, we can provide a truly rich teaching environment and help our students bring real purpose and focus to their writing. And, hopefully this will also bring them a deeper appreciation of each subject, not purely fact learning in order to pass exams.
As a Supply Teacher you can miss out on the CPD schools provide for their own staff, but Prospero Teaching has overcome this issue by holding their own sessions, thereby ensuring their workforce is up to date with the latest classroom practice and education theories.
And rather uniquely, this workshop provided the opportunity for both primary and secondary teachers to train together, which was invaluable. Discussion time had been built in to the session so we had time to talk about the issues that were raised as well as sharing our different classroom experiences, an element of the training everyone found useful. On top of that, the trainer was extremely knowledgeable and able to answer all of our questions. It was a truly enlightening workshop and I know all the other attendees felt the same way.
I’m thoroughly looking forward to attending Prospero Teaching’s next CPD event 🙂
Research shows that the best teachers are those that regularly participate in CPD, which is why Prospero Teaching runs free CPD for our candidates throughout the year. Our next two courses are Differentiation for Secondary Students on 11 June and Refining Interview Skills on 2nd July and you can book your place for them here.
Did you attend this Embedding Literacy CPD event and have any thoughts about it you’d like to share with the Prospero community? Or maybe you’ve got your own top tips for Embedding Literacy you think other teachers would find useful when lesson planning? We’d love to hear them…….