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Talk for Writing

Class Teaching

The 15 Minute Forum tonight was led by history teacher Jack Tyler.  Earlier in the year, Jack attended a CPD event, where ‘Talk for Writing’ was being discussed.  At the time, it was mostly being used in primary schools, but has now been developed and used in secondary schools – as outlined in the book below.  During the forum, Jack spoke about one way in which the strategy could be interpreted and used in the secondary history classroom.


What is the thinking behind it?

  • For experienced writers, many of the creative and thinking processes involved in writing are internal and automatic. For example, many writers can hold an internal dialogue with themselves about the possible effectiveness of alternative language choices.
  • However, for developing writers, it is very helpful if these processes can be made explicit and explored through talk in a supportive learning context.
  • It is this…

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Being gritty about getting our kids grittier

Grit….getting it…developing it….keeping it….

Originally posted on Class Teaching:

grit2Browsing through twitter I came across this Ted talk by Angela Lee Duckworth, an American psychologist talking about grit as the key to success. This ties in perfectly with the ideas of Dweck on ‘Growth Mindset’ and Berger on ‘an ethic of excellence’:

In it she describes grit as:

“sticking with your future — day in, day out, not just for the week, not just for the month, but for years — and working really hard to make that future a reality.”

“Grit is living life like it’s a marathon, not a sprint.”

“Passion and perseverance for long term goals”

“Working hard to make your future a reality”

true grit

So what does this mean in reality, on a day to day basis in the classroom? What do we as teachers need to be doing more of, to make our students more ‘gritty’? Here are a few initial thoughts:

  • Not allowing students to…

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