Teachers & Librarians

Dear Mr. Walliams...

Scottish Book Trust’s Authors Live events are a great opportunity to get your class excited about books and writing, and with our Roald Dahl Celebration event fast approaching, now’s a good time to gather ideas! Below, SBT’s Chris Leslie shares a great idea from a teacher at Easdale Primary school...

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Girl Writing

Identifying persuasive language, teaching pupils to identify spam scams

Are you about to undertake persuasive writing with your class? Alan Gillespie has a cracking idea to bring the topic into the 21st century! The children we teach are the first of a new, crashing wave. The modern world is full of possibilities, but there are new and unforeseen hazards as well. These...

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A New Chapter: My First Weeks as Part of the Scottish Book Trust Team

Hi! I'm Geraldine and I have just started working for Scottish Book Trust as their Children's Programme Co-ordinator. I have had a great first few weeks, including attending the launch of the Scottish Children's Book Awards 2012, so I thought I would share what I've been up to so far... I have been...

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pen writing

I teach, therefore I write?

Teaching creative writing can be a tricky business. Here, SBT staff member and ex-English teacher Chris Leslie shares his experience of teaching creative writing, and speculates as how he could have done it better... When I was training as a teacher, I always assumed I’d like teaching creative...

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Education roundup: June

A look at news, practice and resources from around Scotland. Resource of the month Edinburgh City Libraries have produced a wonderful resource for teachers this month! The Whose Town is it Anyway resource provides a wealth of information about the lives of a group of people from Edinburgh's past...

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child writing

Give them a reason to write

Our new curriculum stresses the importance of making links to real life contexts. Recently, Chris Leslie of Scottish Book Trust visited St. Andrew's Academy in Paisley, who are doing some great work to make these links clear to their pupils. In our writing videos from Nick Hesketh, Nick talks about...

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Poetry Vandalism

Teacher Alan Gillespie found a way to make poetry writing relevant, fun and just a little bit rebellious for his pupils

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little girl writing

The power of illustration in a psychiatric hospital

Using illustration activities with children in psychiatric care.

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Education roundup: May

A look at news, practice and resources from around Scotland.

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World Book Night party - If you book it, they will come

As a librarian, you always like to see new people coming in to pick up a book. But how do you reach out to the community and draw them in? Anne Rinaldi saw an opportunity in World Book Night, and used our Live Literature Funding to bring her vision alive! I coordinate reader development for the...

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