Snow White and the Seven Reading Strategies

RSJust putting the finishing touches to my Reading Strategies presentation for the seminar in Edinburgh tomorrow. I am so looking forward to it – I haven’t been this excited since…well, since I had an email from WordPress the other day to tell me my last blogpost had been promoted to their home page. I must admit I couldn’t help feeling a bit good about that, since they have about a quarter of a million blogs to choose from and the same number of posts every day.
Anyway, enough of that. The reading strategies seminar will be a look at the importance of narrative, why we tell stories, why people have the (wrong) impression that boys don’t read, and whether there are certain key reading strategies which can be applied in all contexts. I think you know my answer to that, but you’ll have to wait a bit longer to find out. I’ll post a full version of the presentation in due course, and I’ll ask delegates to comment here on what they think of the seminar. In the meantime here’s a quick summary of the topics I’m hoping to cover in the course of the morning. Look forward to meeting you if you’re going to be there.

16 thoughts on “Snow White and the Seven Reading Strategies

  1. Today has been very useful. The animated clips especially. It is always good to hear about how digital literacy is being developed in other schools as it is something I am trying to develop and promote in my own school. Thanks!

  2. Hi Jo,
    Glad you found it useful to you, and thanks for coming. Keep checking the blog for reports of how others are developing the use of multi-media texts and click through to some of the blogs in my blogroll down the right-hand side. Many of these people are way ahead of the game!

  3. Thanks for today Bill. I really enjoyed the course and have learned so much more about teaching reading in a fun and active way. I am away to sign up to delicious!

    Thanks again


  4. Hi Lynsey,
    Good for you! Glad you enjoyed the session – so did I. Really positive group of people on a lovely morning in Edinburgh. It doesn’t get much better than that. Good luck with that Delicious account. If you have any problems send me an email.


    • Dave,
      Thanks for coming yesterday and for your contribution. Thanks especially for your final comment. Coming from a classroom teacher I could ask for no higher praise.


  5. Hi Bill,

    Enjoyed the morning, especially the use of media in getting children to read more.
    Was reasured that the ‘literacy circles’ and ‘book dectectives’ stratiegies we use in primary are hitting the mark.

    • Hi Jill,
      Thanks for your comments and thanks for coming yesterday. AsI said, whether you agree that these are the definitive strategies or not, the key to success is to agree your strategies, make them explicit, use them regularly, and if possible have all the teachers in the cluster speaking the same language.

      best wishes

  6. Hi Bill,

    I have actually been following your blog and a few others for some time now. Particularly Ollie Bray, who is a friend of mine. I find these and Twitter such an important source of information and I am currently using all the advice I can to help implement literacy across learning within my school. I have the almighty task of putting together CPD for my own staff so have been tapping into as many ideas as I can!

  7. Excellent Jo. Ollie is a one-man CPD factory. I don’t know where he finds the hours in the day but his enthusiasm is infectious. He’s currently in Brazil I believe at the World Innovative Teacher Forum or some such thing – hope he’s successful. Are you following me on Twitter?

    • I think Ollie only manages it as he is not really human!! Yes, I do follow you on Twitter. I am known as @jojiemoore on there.

      • Haha. Good point Jo. I’ve found you on my Twitter list and will now follow. Probably the reason I wasn’t following is that you haven’t written a profile. Come on, do one now!


      • Profile is on its way. However, thanks to my stupid iPhone I managed to reject your request to follow me instead of accept! Oops! Sorry – if you add me again I promise not to reject you twice!!

  8. Hi Bill,

    Saturday morning was a constructive session. It was very useful to have resources sign posted and to reflect on the reading strategies I use and should be teaching. I’m definitely going to be making changes to my forward plans to integrate digital texts into my work this year.

    I found myself wondering after the seminar how other secondary subjects might use these strategies when they deal with texts, particularly as literacy becomes cross-curricular. I’m aware that most other areas will be dealing mainly with non-fiction texts – do you have any experience of how these strategies work in contexts such as the history or science classroom?


    • Hi Claire,
      Thanks for the comments – glad you found the session useful. As you say, it’s not really about learning anything new, more a case of re-thinking for a different social context. The question of how the strategies apply in a secondary context is something I’ve been thinking about myself. In fact I am going to deliver a course to one secondary school in particular in a couple of weeks and I will be addressing that issue. I’m quite confident that the same general principles apply but I’ll be interested to hear whether they agree with me. Keep an eye on the blog as I will be reporting on it. Good luck with the digital texts.


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