Many thanks to all the people who have kindly been in touch to tell me their long-awaited copies of The Secret of Literacy have arrived; I hope you find it useful and enjoyable. If you do like it, please don’t underestimate how grateful I’ll be for a positive review on Amazon (Many thanks to D Hewitson for the first 5 star review.)
If you’d like to send me a picture of your copy of #litbook, Crown House have promised a prize for the most imaginative…
Here are a few of the pics I’ve been sent so far:
For those of you undecided about whether the book is for you, there’s a nice review on the #UKEdChat website which I have reblogged here…
Please be seated. What we are about to share will shock many, and we don’t want to be responsible for any accidents. Are you sat comfortably? Here goes – There’s no such thing as literacy! There, it has been told. This is the claim of David Didau, in his book, “The Secret of Literacy – Making the Implicit Explicit” further advocating that literacy is, in fact, a meaningless chimera which should be consigned to the hell of previous whimsical educational jargon initiatives. Indeed, creating resources in a bid to make pupils communicate better is a pointless exercise, yet the practices that have fallen under the ‘literacy’ umbrella should be embedded into every subject, being the responsibility of every teacher, in every school setting.
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And here’s another review from Mark Anderson (@ICTEvangelist)
David Didau’s new book, the ‘Secret of Literacy‘ landed on my desk this past week with great anticipation. His last book, the ‘Perfect Ofsted English Lesson‘ was a great success and being an avid reader of his blog and enjoying many of our conversations over the years, I was looking forward to reading this new book.
Before I go any further, you might think I may have some pecuniary interest in writing this review. It’s true I know David. I know his family. In fact the piano in my house was even given to me by him and his wife for my children to use. He’s spoken at Teachmeets I’ve organised. We’ve shared the occasional drink together. We’ve worked together at Clevedon School and the list continues. But. We don’t always agree. I’ll always remember his reaction to calling one of his opinions ‘poppycock’ and we certainly don’t always see eye to eye, even if I don’t write about it or always say it to his face. All that said though – I’ve written this review for me. He doesn’t know I’m doing it. He might even not like it. But having read it – I think it’s a book that should be on everyone’s shelves. Well read, thumbed, annotated, learned from, acted upon and used.
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