'This is a timely book that effectively challenges the current emphasis on a homogeneous approach to teaching, learning, and assessment in early literacy. It encourages us to engage with the real world complexity of young children's learning and offers a series of rich and detailed examples of this in practice.'
- Sally Neaum,Teesside and Durham Universities, and Author of Beyond Early Reading
Grounded in classroom practice, this practical book shows trainees and current teachers how to scaffold children's literacy using a creative and supportive approach. It offers teaching strategies for Multiliteracies (fiction, expository/instructions, poetry, recount) and Multimodalities (reading, writing, speaking, listening, performing, illustrating) and helps to develop a relationship between teacher and learner.
Chapter topics include:
guided group teaching strategies
integration of genres.
This clear and accessible book will be extremely valuable to students and practitioners on PGCE programmes, B.Eds, Masters, workshop and conference CPD, and advanced Teaching Assistant training.
Marie Charles is a teacher, formative assessment researcher and consultant. Professor Bill Boyle was until recently Director of CFAS in the School of Education, University of Manchester. Both authors are regularly involved in school-based research across England and international teacher training programmes.
Marie Charles is a teacher, formative assessment researcher and consultant, and an author whose work demonstrates that she believes passionately in the learner (rather than measurement or grading) being at the centre of the education process - a belief that she carries into her classroom practice. Professor Bill Boyle holds the chair of Educational Assessment and is Director of the centre for formative assessment studies(CFAS) in the school of Education at the University of Manchester, UK. The CFAs is the oldest research centre(founded 1988) in the UK for supporting teachers, teacher trainers, schools and policy makers in using formative teaching, learning and assessment and is involved in supporting the development of formative assessment in UK and in many countries around the globe. Professor Boyle and his co-author, Marie Charles, publish their research work in academic and practitioner journals, present at international conferences and workshops, and design and support developments in formative teaching, learning and assessment. Currently, they are work-ing with colleagues in Russia, Armenia, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the USA on understanding, training and using formative strategies for more effec-tive teaching and learning.
Using socio-dramatic play to support a beginning writer How collaboration develops early years writing skills The importance of multimodality and multiliteracies in developing young communicators Using Big Books as visual literacies to support emergent writers How a guided group teaching strategy can support emerging writers An analysis of a guided group's story writing Introducing Early Years children to the importance of non-fiction for their writing development The integration of genres (narrative to non-fiction) within a formative pedagogy Concluding thoughts