Three trainee teachers at Bishop Grosseteste University have had research projects on promoting reading to children shared on a national good practice website for educators.
The Reading Rich Pedagogies website is designed to support teachers who are developing Reading for Pleasure in the classroom and now features projects from students Chloe Golland, Isobel Holmes and Amber Whiley who are all currently in their third year of the BA Primary Education with QTS course.
All three began their projects as a result of attending the OU/UKLA's Teachers' Reading group run by Emma Rogers (BGU Senior lecturer in Education). Through attending these meetings they were able to audit their own practice, meet with teachers and discuss effective classroom strategies and develop their knowledge of children's books; experience would feed directly into their projects.
Isabel’s project explored ‘Sharing Reading’ and speaking after its acceptance to the website she highlighted the impact the Reading Group had had on her:
““It was a really good opportunity to speak to other teachers and learn from their reading for pleasure practice. It was also a great way to develop my own practice and explore reading for pleasure in more depth. “
Chloe’s project, pictured above, provided an interactive display to encourage discussion around a number of subjects related to reading. She shared her thoughts on how the group and the project would benefit her future teaching:
“It was an enjoyable and influential experience which encouraged me to develop my own reading for pleasure and develop strategies which I could utilize to promote it within my future placements and when I become a fully qualified NQT”
‘Raising the Profile of Reading for Pleasure’ was the focus of Amber’s project and she shared how the group encouraged her to further her research:
“This was an interesting, beneficial and inspiring group which has encouraged me to increase my own subject knowledge on reading and inspired me to research more into this area of education”
Having led the group Emma Rogers was delighted to see the students’ efforts gaining national recognition:
“This has been a great opportunity to showcase and celebrate the students' hard work and commitment to developing reading for Pleasure and great preparation for their careers in Primary education.”