I am a literacy teacher with a particular interest in the role of drama and movement to boost literacy and learning. Drama involves the whole person – body, mind and spirit and my PhD thesis focused on drama as a literacy tool that impacts reading and comprehension. I have written two books on this subject – Teaching Through Embodied Learning, published by Routledge in 2019 and Embodied Learning: Bringing knowledge to life for primary and secondary teachers, published by the United Kingdom Literacy Association in 2021.
I have called my site ‘Becoming Literate’ because I intend to share my evolving understanding of what it means to be literate in today’s world. As a literacy intervention teacher I aim to help students become literate so that they are able to be successful at school – and beyond. Having read ‘The Forgotten Third’ (edited by Roy Blatchford and thus called because of the startling fact that after 12 years of schooling, one third of pupils in the UK leave school without any certified recognition of success) I would like to think that some of the ideas I blog about can contribute to our national debate on guaranteeing success at some meaningful level for all pupils.
I don’t just write about education though! Life and its meanderings will also be commented upon. I look forward to the dialogue…
Favourite books on teaching:
‘The Courage to Teach’ – Parker J Palmer
‘Collected Writings on Education and Drama’ – Dorothy Heathcote. Edited by Liz Johnson and Cecily O’Neill
‘The Dramatic Method of Teaching’ – Harriet Finlay Johnson
‘Children’s Minds’ – Margaret Donaldson