Teachers & Librarians

Critical reading skills - cracking the case

Critical reading skills are sometimes difficult to teach in an engaging way. Primary teacher Anna Robb describes a highly original approach in this blog. In August 2010 I was given responsibility for a P4/5 class. In reading, it became apparent that the majority of the children were able to decode...

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Creative Approaches to the Higher Still Writing Folio

Islay High School teacher Zoe Haining describes a wonderful idea which can be applied at all stages of the curriculum to stimulate creativity and a spirit of exploration in imaginative writing. Islay High uses an alternative curriculum which has replaced Standard Grade with Access 3/Intermediate 1...

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New term, shiny new things

Scottish Book Trust has spent the summer amassing a wealth of new resources to help teachers, librarians and other learning professionals. In the coming weeks, we’ll be posting a series of blogs letting you know about new content. In the first of these below, you can find out more about what we’re...

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Historic Hooley at Holyrood!

In February, Katrina Lucas was one of thirteen teachers to receive Professional Recognition from the GTCS for her contribution to and development of Scots language teaching. Here, she describes how Scots can transform a classroom, engaging reluctant learners and giving them an identity in the...

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Secondary pupils on Andy Stanton

St. Paul's High School in Dundee recently screened Andy Stanton Meet Our Authors event to pupils in S1 and S2. Here, Learning Resources Manager Carol Moug shares the pupils' reactions to the Mr Gum books. The Mr Gum books by Andy Stanton would generally be considered too young for secondary pupils...

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Brian McLaren: How classroom blogging enables learning narratives

Brian McLaren is Depute Head Teacher at Clackmannan Primary School in Clackmannanshire. In this blog post he describes how classroom blogging has enabled pupils to develop their own personal and collaborative blogs while developing technical skills and demonstrating reading and writing skills...

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Nick Hood: Evolving Literacies in the New Curriculum

This article is based upon a presentation given by Nick Hood ( @cullaloe on twitter) for TeachMeet Fife on Tuesday 15th March 2011 at Carnegie College, Dunfermline. If you're interested in sharing interesting practice like this come along to TeachMeetLothians at Scottish Book Trust on 7th June from...

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Claire Harris: Sharing a love of reading at Foulford Primary!

In ‘ How to Create a Love of Reading in School ’, Yvonne Allan, head teacher at Foulford Primary reflected on the process which took her school from having a reading gap in terms of ‘reading for fun’ to a school enriched by a love of books and reading. Here, P7 class teacher Claire Harris shares...

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Writers in Schools: mentoring and being mentored

Liz Niven was a mentor for Stephanie Taylor as part of our Writers in Schools programme. Here she gives an interesting insight into her experience of mentoring an author through the nerve-wracking first few school events! This follows on from an earlier blog in which Stephanie gave her perspective...

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Hawick High School: How 2nd year pupils produced a book on The Reivers

The Reivers , a book by Hawick High School pupils, is an ambitious publication which seeks to answer the question "The reivers - how much do we really know about them?" It was produced with the help of Live Literature Funding , and on this week's blog Heather Marshall from Heart of Hawick Children'...

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