@_geekyteacher - enthusiastic user of iPads and Minecraft
@ATaleUnfolds - Amazing film creating and writing resources
@athole - Scottish film educator soon to be expert in Chinese cinema
@BBCteaching - made the list because he is from Ramsbottom too!
@beazeley - A parachuting headteacher (metaphorically that is)
@Bennett31 - Superhero head teacher in Oldham
@bethben92 - Deputy head and SEND expert
@Blandpoet - poet extraordinaire
@booksfortopics - need a book for a topic? They'll point you to one.
@bryngoodman - Primary Rocker
@carole_XLIX - she'll land you in deep water (swimming) exceedingly good cakes!
@ChrisDysonHT - Leeds! But we won't hold that against him
@gazneedle - The legend behind Primary Rocks
@goodman_ang - Primary Rocker
@grahamandre - Numeracy shed maker and primary rocker
@HYWEL_ROBERTS - Roving teacher
@ICT_MrP - iPad starlet and Mrs May watcher
@ICTEvangelist - Tech specialist
@ieconsultancy - Teacher and writer of mastery resources
@imagineinquiry - He wears an expert mantle
@janeconsidine - made of the write stuff
@jennaLucas81 - Primary rocker
@jon_brunskill - knows his stuff, research led teaching with well organised knowledge
@jonnybid - teacher of a class that seriously read!
@jordyjax - SEND expert based in Lancashire
@jmpneale - once took me for fish and chips at Weymouth Harbour
@teacherstarr - Deputy head in Nottingham
@KCLynchey - Drive behind #TMRammy Y4/5 Teacher
@leah_moo - Primary Rocker
@elearning_laura - North Tyneside eLearning lead teacher
@Mat_at_Brookes - knows a lot about books
@MichaelT1979 - Finger on the pulse, TES columnist, assessment leader, deputy head.
@MissSMerrill - Primary Rocker
@MrHeadComputing - Primary Rocker
@mrlockyer - has hundreds of good ideas
@MrsPteach - whole class reading expert
@MrTRoach - Y6 teacher in Oldham Great to discuss things with sensibly
@farrowmr - Primary Rocker and press up machine
@rpd1972 - self confessed perfectionist
@russbrownauthor - SEND teacher, writer and circus performer
@Ruth_Leask - Head teacher who is now a wise old owl.
@samdaunt - Editor of PrimEd and curator of Once upon a picture
@shaunh0pper - Teacher from the North East filled with passion for writing.
@shinpad1 - Soon to be Dr. Shinpad!
@simonpobble - one of the founders of Pobble and great guy.
@smithsmm - I thought I was a children's book enthusiast until I met him.
@Sue_Cowley - My go to for EYFS advice.
@teacherwriterPJ - Poet and writer settled in a northern Villagetown
@TemplarWilson - Whole class reading expert too with her friend ERIC
@watsed - Will help you take the inside outside or the outside in!
I am sorry if you are not on the list it wasn't intentional. If you think I am missing someone off the list that would be great for primary tweeps to follow then please tell us in a comment.
I first heard about Slow Writing at a #researched session delivered by David Didau, @learningspy when he talked about asking children to slow down when writing, cut the waffle and focus on every single word or sentence that they construct. I went away and read all he had written about Slow Writing on his blog where he has now helpfully grouped all the slow writing blogs.
I have used Slow Writing successfully over and over again. I have recommended it to many schools who also feedback that it has 'transformed' writing for some children.
New to slow writing?
Just start with 6 - 8 prompts. Allow no choice. This makes it a constrained piece and children have to really think about each and every sentence in the paragraph.
An example may be:
1. Your sentence must start with a verb.
2. Your sentence must contain a simile
3. Your sentence must use a relative clause.
4. Your sentence must be 3 words only.
5. Your sentence must use start with a time phrase.
6. Your sentence must use a modal verb.
Don't just copy and paste this one but think about what you want your pupils to achieve in that single paragraph. With slow writing it is about quality and not quantity. Get the children to work double spaced and then go back and edit these six sentences until 'perfect' (or as close as they can get). Once they are familiar with this concept they can choose the order or you can increase the number of prompts and allow them to choose from the list.
You can see an example of it in action here: Chaperon Rouge Blog
"But this isn't independent!" "Moderators won't like it..". You may say. However, this is not for moderators, it isn't for teacher assessment. This is to allow children to practise their skills, which hopefully they will then use in their independent writing.
Slow writing can be differentiated. You could make a number of lists dependent on ability or once children are familiar with the concept you could give them a choice of options. See diagram below.
Green: Y3 objectives.
Yellow Y4 objectives.
Orange Y5 objectives.
Purple Y6 objectives.
The children in this mixed-age/mixed-ability class were allowed to start where they wanted although the class teacher did guide some pupils as required.
As always I look forward to receiving comments.
Rob from Literacy Shed