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Read Write Inc – The Pros & Cons

I have been teaching Read Write Inc for the last 3 years now, so below is a review based on my personal opinion of the ‘pros’ and ‘cons’ or the scheme.

The Pro’s

Read Write Inc.

I think read write inc is a great scheme. I have witnessed children making rapid progress in the sessions due to the layout of it.

A lesson starts with speed sounds. This includes children reading a range of previously taught sounds and identifying them in words too.

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Children are there introduced to a new sound and practice saying, reading and spelling the new sound in words instantly.

I think this is great, and it works really well with children putting what they have learnt into practice straight away.

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Throughout the range of colour levels children also read aa variety of books which inlcude different focus sounds.

Through these books they read it for fluency, comprehension, and expression. Which is again another plus as children gain a sense of success when they know they CAN read the book.

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I think the assessments and level of support that comes with read write inc is great too. We have a lady who comes and checks all children are working at the correct level and helps to refresh staff with aspects of the training – such as how to do an intervention.

With all this in mind I think the scheme is pretty amazing, but….

 

The Con’s

You definitely need to be mindful of those children that aren’t grasping the ‘pace’ of the lesson and are always behind. Pace is seen as such an important thing within RWI, but to me this can hinder children’s progress if you are focused on getting everything done in a lesson as apposed to how much understanding and quality teaching children are getting from it.

 

I have definitely slowed lessons down to help children grasp and really understand aspects of the lesson – this really helps!

 

I also think the comprehension side of the scheme doesn’t cover as much as I would like it to. Children ask questions to their partner about the book at a certain point and the teacher also asks children questions. However, the group that I teacher are a mix of year 1/2 so I have started to get children to read and write their answers to questions. I think this is beneficial to all children but also very important for year 2 to grasp due to the layout of the SATS tests.

The books also need added resources to boost children’s imaginations and enjoyment for learning as seen and recommended by Read Write inc above!

http://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/resources/preparing-a-read-write-inc-storybook-for-teaching/

Like always, let me know your thoughts 🙂

#Miss Pinnock

 

 

 

 

 

 

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You can get it if you really want!

Whilst teaching my class about people who help us and discussing the motivation and history of Florence Nightingale, I also taught my class a song for motivation.

Jimmy cliff… you can get it if you really want!

The children really enjoyed listening to a different genre of music and absolutely love singing it now. I discussed the words with them too, I also play it in a morning whilst they complete their morning activity.

Music can bring so much joy, happiness and motivation for children. I think it’s a great way of lifting their spirits and giving them a love of learning!

Why not give it a try and see if it lifts the spirits in your classroom!

Please share your thoughts!

#MissPinnock

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Encouraging writing with young children

It’s been a hectic few weeks but I have so much to share so lots more blog posts will be on there way soon!

Encouraging children to write in the early years is simple as long as you are super creative!

I always ensure that writing is in every area of my year 1 class and I encourage children by modelling the ranges of writing in each area.

For instance, in the construction area I model how children can design and plan their buildings before creating them.

Our current topic is people who help us! After inviting the police in to talk with the children, the children then entered the classroom after lunch to find this!

It got the children talking and wanting to investigate what had happened.

Who do the footprints belong to?

Why did they enter our classroom?

Let’s write about what have seen and how can investigate just like the police!

Creativity is definitely key, the amount of children that started to write because they were so engaged that afternoon was great!

Let’s make sure the curriculum is still enjoyable for children despite some of the absurd objectives.

Let me know your creative writing ideas!

#Miss Pinnock

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This week I got my wand out .. and waved get over it!

Teaching for me is such an amazing job! I honestly go to work bursting with energy ready to make a difference for the children.

This week has been a mix of feelings..from strange questionnaires given to 5 year olds to answer… to people judging teaching practice to what seems all of 10 minutes observing… to the actual magical moment of a struggling learner grasping and independently completing a task in Maths!

What a roller coaster of emotions but I’m glad I’m moving onto Friday with a huge smile, laughing off the mixes of madness this week has brought!

Teaching definitely faces challenges, which unfortunately for some people are too stressful to take. But if you are a new teacher reading this completely overwhelmed, my advice is to honestly laugh it off.

Laugh it off. Do what’s best for the children and keep moving forward!

Have a lovely weekend everyone ☺️☺️💕

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Children’s development Vs the curriculum

I love this quote. I love that each individual child is so unique and different inside and out. It’s strange that we have such a wealth of knowledge based on children and how they learn. Yet the curriculum leaves teachers with little time to explore topics and the pressure of getting children to ‘meeting’ ‘greater depth’ or even deciding that a child is just always going to be ‘developing.’

Wouldn’t it be nice to just spend time with your class to really watch them grow and achieve at a rate that suits them? If children really learn at their own rate, then why do we push them so much to understand something there and then?

I am hoping that soon the education system changes to fit the child, so that we no longer need to ‘fit’ the child into the system.

I have a feeling that this is such a big U.K. problem.

Anyone from other countries feel free to comment I would love to hear your thoughts!

#MissPinnock

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The reason why the workload isn’t a ‘big’ enough problem

Feeling super guilty as my promise of frequent blogging has slipped away a little bit, but life has taken over!

I came across this picture on twitter and I just thought wow it really sums up the reasons as to why I keep going.

Why I continue day in and day out to do my 100% best for my class even though I am emotionally and physically exhausted by the end of it.

The reason why I continue to smile and strive after a ‘lemon sucker parent’ has sucked my happiness 5 minutes earlier!

Teaching is by far one of the hardest, most time consuming career but the work that’s put in is life changing for the next generation!

I could never imagine giving up on any child! It’s a shame that the teaching profession isn’t given the acknowledgement it really needs.

Let’s hope in time to come things will change!

Just a thought of the day..#MissPinnock

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Teacher life!

Many Teachers work so hard day in, day out. Sometimes we are unappreciated for our efforts or the slight bit of negativity puts a damper on the day!

But I came across this quote and I think it is something we all need to remember:

Let’s not focus on the negativity. Let’s celebrate and sing along to the positivity instead!

The positives are much stronger than the negatives in this career! We need to make sure it’s heard more than anything else

Let’s make a difference.

#MissPinnock