We can all agree that synthetic phonics have made a big impact in developing pupils’ decoding skills. But improving the understanding of text is not so clear cut. DARTS is a thirty year-old approach that offers several promising solutions.
Few would disagree that thinking is an important part of writing success. But if you can’t see thinking — because it’s invisible — how can you teach it? Graphic organisers would seem to hold the key. They externalise thinking processes, making them visible.
We can all agree that better planning makes for better writing. Getting ideas organised first frees up the mind to concentrate on the writing. Meet Jill who found that model mapping helped her pupils become better writers.
He’d thrown all the usual stimulus experiences at his pupils to boost their creative writing juices. But, as good as their work was on SPAG and VCOP, they weren’t getting any better at generating creative ideas for their writing. What could Sean Austin do now that would make a difference?