English - Don't do the time warp

2nd November 2012 at 00:00

What it's all about

A few weeks ago my second child was born. Over half-term, as I spent time with both children, I began to imagine what schools will be like when they get there - and particularly my subject, writes Adam Webster.

I hope they get to experience lots of types of literature and that thinking about it, talking about it and analysing it is considered more important than memorising it.

I hope that they read this literature on iPads or something similar and that they store their notes on the cloud so they are never lost, giving them a record of every book they have ever read.

All I want is for them to love literature and be able to write in an interesting way. I hope that primary and secondary talk to each other more - that primary understands that we do not want to read a story that contains 10 set phrases and key bits of vocabulary, which are highlighted and underlined just to make sure we recognise them. And secondary needs to understand that the best weapon for a child is his or her imagination: we must not crush it.

I hope that my children will also spend time working with new media probably not yet invented. I want them to be able to analyse and create content in these emerging fields and to be given skills for jobs that do not yet exist.

What will matter is that teachers and pupils adapt to the changes that are inevitably drawing closer.

See: cagelessthinking.com

What else?

Help pupils keep track of books they read with rene talliard's reading journal checklist: bit.lyReadingProfile

Starting a book club? See imwells' guidelines. bit.lySchoolBookClub.

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