It’s been a year of two kinds of journeys. For students, the journey is one through seemingly impassable obstacles to a new vantage point, a journey of not just discovery but also self-discovery.
This series of posts traces that journey from resistance through to engagement and through metamorphosis to independence.
Can’t Read, Won’t Read – the Matthew Effect. How a history of reading failure compounds to make it more difficult to engage students.
Can’t Read, Won’t Read – No Escape. The temptation to avoid reading help after years of failure is entirely natural, but must be overcome if students are to succeed.
Can’t Read, Won’t Read – Metamorphosis. Startling transformations can occur in many facets of students’ lives when they experience success in reading.
Can’t Read, Won’t Read – Learning to Fly. With careful planning, it is possible for students to move from intensive support to the pleasure and power of independent reading.
Success, Failure and Self-Concept examines the dynamics of this journey from the perspective of reversing the negative cycle created by reading failure. When students begin to experience rapid success, a ‘virtuous’ circle is initiated that affects many other aspects of their lives.
We have chronicled the experiences of a few students in order to illustrate their journeys. You can read their stories in their own words:
This year has also seen the beginnings of a momentous journey for Thinking Reading as we join Teach First’s Innovation Partnership to ‘scale up’ the intervention.
Into the Dragons’ Den focuses on how the process of the Innovation Awards helped us to clarify our vision.
Capturing the Magic explains how we learned to communicate the essence of that vision.
Stepping Up shows how the move from ‘lone wolf’ to being part of a network is essential for growth and impact.
In January, the Innovation Partnership begins in earnest. There is much to do and much to learn, but just as the hard work of past years has resulted in changed lives, so we believe that these new opportunities will enable us to multiply and deepen that impact. We are excited to be working in new regions of the country and looking forward to building a team of top-notch trainers to work with us. The most important achievement we can think of is to help build a movement that will eradicate illiteracy, transform lives and build a more equal society.
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