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The Secret of Literacy

Making the implicit, explicit

By: David Didau

Price: CAD $34.95

Publisher: Independent Thinking Press

Imprint: Independent Thinking Press

240 Pages

8.74 X 7.17 ins

ISBN:  9781781351277 -- Paperback

Publication Date: 05/15/2014

Literacy? That's someone else's job, isn't it?

This is a book for all teachers on how to make explicit to students those things we can do implicitly. In the Teachers' Standards it states that all teachers must demonstrate an understanding of, and take responsibility for, promoting high standards of literacy, articulacy, and the correct use of standard English, whatever the teacher's specialist subject. In The Secret of Literacy, David Didau inspires teachers to embrace the challenge of improving students' life chances through improving their literacy.

Topics include:
  • Why is literacy important?
  • Oracy - improving classroom talk
  • How should we teach reading?
  • How to get students to value writing
  • How written feedback and marking can support literacy.


David Didau is a freelance writer, blogger, speaker, trainer and author. He started his award-winning blog, The Learning Spy, in 2011 to express the constraints and irritations of ordinary teachers, detail the successes and failures within his own classroom, and synthesise his years of teaching experience through the lens of educational research and cognitive psychology. Since then he has spoken at various national conferences, has directly influenced Ofsted and has worked with the Department for Education to consider ways in which teachers' workload could be reduced. He is the author of the hugely successful titles The Secret of Literacy, in which he urges teachers to "make the implicit explicit", and What If Everything You Knew About Education Was Wrong?, in which he turns his attention to the myriad unexamined assumptions that underlie education and explores how schools might realign their practices with how children actually learn.



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