The Secret of Literacy

Primarily Teaching

David Didau’s book ‘The Secret of Literacy’ is a good ‘un. It’s not revolutionary – you will find lots of similar ideas in ‘Teach Like A Champion’ or Pie Corbett’s ‘Talk for Writing Across the Curriculum’ (which Didau credits) – but it neatly ties together different aspects of literacy into a useful tool for thinking about how to raise expectations of literacy in the classroom.

Whilst primary teachers may find themselves a little puzzled by the lengthy justifications of teacher modelling – since for most of us modelling is the bread and butter of every lesson – there are loads of ideas here which I will be wanting to try out next year (see below!). The chapter on oracy is a good reminder that ‘if they can’t say it, they can’t write it’ – and there are lots of ideas for promoting an academic spoken and written register.

The ‘set context –…

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