Teachers & Librarians


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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Bob Pegg, the storyteller enlisted for the project

Promoting diversity and equality through writing

All Different, All Equal youth project (ADAE) was a Live Literature funded project organised by Roxana Meechan at Highland Council’s Youth Development Services. Working with young people from six Sutherland villages, the aim was to promote cultural diversity, tolerance & equality within their...

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Teenagers and reading

Why do books like The Hunger Games appeal so strongly to teens? And does it really matter whether they're reading a novel or a newspaper? Recently, Chris Leslie of Scottish Book Trust heard children's author Nicola Morgan address these points in a keynote speech at the National Literacy Network...

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Metaphrog working with pupils from Kaimes on their illustrations

Using graphic novels in special needs settings

Want to enthuse your learners with a new way to express themselves? Creating comics can generate some inspiring results, as John Chalmers and Sandra Marrs from Metaphrog explain below. In March 2012 we went to spend a whole day at Kaimes school in Edinburgh to talk to some of the pupils and...

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Education roundup: March

A look at news, practice and resources from around Scotland. This month, find out more about booktrailers, read about one school's involvement in the Blue Peter book awards, and explore some great online tools and lesson ideas. Lesson idea of the month A fantastic post from @MisiesD on the Pedagoo...

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Pupils at the Reading Bus

The Reading Bus: Apardion, A Leopard's Quest!

Approaching learning through a narrative always delivers a meaningful experience for pupils. Below, Aberdeen's The Reading Bus organisation describe how our Live Literature funding helped them to deliver Apardion: A Leopard's Quest , a wonderful multi-arts project. The Reading Bus organisation...

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Literacy in the Maths Classroom

Literacy is now the responsibility of all. In this blog, Maths teacher and trainer Hazel Lowe demonstrates how literacy outcomes can form an integral part of your practice in the Maths classroom. During a chat with a fellow teacher, he mentioned the pupils writing stories about the lives of...

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Two pupils reading with each other

Books that work in the classroom!

Looking for some new books to use in the classroom? Check out the recommendations below, from teachers and pupils around Scotland! Billionaire Boy by David Walliams (P5+) "A funny book which keeps the reader entertained while dealing with important issues such as friendship." Anne MacKenzie and...

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Why should pupils share their writing?

It's a challenge both to stimulate pupils to write and also to make them feel comfortable enough to share work. This week, Kelsey Morse of Moniack Mhor Creative Writing Centre explains more about what the centre can offer, and gives some handy tips about teaching writing. As a former English...

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