Recommended reading 

Filling the pail

I have a nonlinear approach to my reading list, generally reading several books in parallel, looping back and sometimes waiting a long time before getting to a particular text. So I thought it would be worth recommending some books that I am reading at the moment.

1. The Writing Revolution.Judith Hochman and Natalie Wexler

I have been working with my school’s English department for a while, examining ways of making the teaching of writing more explicit. I was late to the Hochman method, an approach that is outlined in this book. And yet I recognised many of the ideas from our own process of trial and error. Hochman and Wexler present plausible strategies that have been used successfully in schools and are informed by their understanding of research. We should really have a variety of explicit approaches to teaching writing to choose from, but the reality is that the…

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