Memories from years past – but these are the stories I continue to hear. Behaviour and literacy often go hand in hand and young people who have made little literacy progress in all their years at school can take off with That Reading Thing.
Both of these arrived via email recently.They both tell their stories in different ways. I especially love how the anecdote acknowledges the importance of a tutor who won’t give up in the face of resistance. I would like numbers so much more if they could express those crucial details.
1. Anecdote – from Worth Unlimited in Waltham Forest.
“The teacher of the girl I am currently supporting says that TRT, (That Reading Thing), has had the most impact and taken this particular girl further forward with her literacy than anything else she has tried – the girl is in year 10 and has been through all sorts of systems. I think it is in part due to my rugged determination to get her through the levels when she likes to play games and try to be a bit resistant but she is also clearly getting the basic ideas down now and using it well in her reading in particular.”
2. Data – from a teacher in an EBD school
“6 month results:
Pupil A – improved reading by 8 months, spelling by 17 months
Pupil B – improved reading by 12 months, spelling by 10 months in the same period
Both greatly improved in fluency and confidence with reading.
12 month results:
Pupil C – improved reading by 3 years 5 months and spelling by 8 months in 12 month period.
Pupil D – improved reading by 22 months and spelling remained unchanged in 12 months.
Don’t forget that the results can be affected by the mood of the pupil on day of testing. I would say that Pupils B has improved more than 12 months but doesn’t like tests and probably underperforms, as do A and D.”