This course begins with an analogy that looks at writing as a form of restrained music and asks the question, “Which elements of writing play the melody, and which elements of writing play the rhythm?”.
Phil then walks you through the rhythmic elements of writing. Much of the issue with improving student writing is that English teachers tend to focus on the semantic (word) elements of writing and struggle with teaching the syntactic. This course leads teachers to a fuller understanding of the rhythmic, technical aspects of understanding and teaching writing. By the end of the course, teachers will have a full toolkit of approaches that make an immense difference to students’ achievements in literacy.
Each short, intense (and sometimes very funny) lecture helps you identify ways to build your teaching style and learn new techniques. You'll make your teaching more valuable, and you'll know how to improve students’ results.
You have the opportunity to become a specialist in a profoundly useful and important field. You'll learn the foundation that consistently generates more knowledgeable and more engaging teaching that translates into more effective learning for your students.
Also included: in-depth information on the grammatical elements of writing that actually count, polysyndeton, why students need to be able to recognise conjunctive adverbs, on the royal order of adverbs and the rule of the semi colon that almost no one knows.
Throughout the course, you'll have the opportunity to complete exercises – many of which you can print off and use directly with students that will help you forge a path to better knowledge and better teaching. By the end of this course, you will be an expert in both punctuation and its relationship to grammar as well as having a range of approaches to improve spelling. You will be a better writer and a better teacher of both writing and textual analysis at any level. You'll know what you need to do to pave your way towards a more rewarding career.
Whether you're currently teaching literacy or another subject Phil shows you what it takes to be an accomplished teacher.
Phil Beadle is an award winning teacher, an award winning (former) broadcaster, an education consultant, teacher trainer, public speaker, author and a former broadsheet columnist.
Phil has a long history of delivering transformational English results in schools in challenging circumstances. School and academies he has worked in have been the most improved school in the country (in the year when he worked there), had the highest CVA in London and been the most improved school/academy in their borough time and time again. He is a former winner in the United Kingdom Secondary Teacher of the Year Award in the National Teaching Awards and the winner of the London Secondary Teacher of the Year in the same year.
As a consultant, he is expert in the literacy and behaviour management, and is a vastly experienced teacher trainer, as well as being the education speaker that other speakers don’t bunk. He has written for every broadsheet newspaper in the UK (aside from the Independent), most memorably as an education columnist for the Guardian for ten years during which time he was nominated for a European Commission Award for the promotion of equality in journalism.
He is the editor of the ‘How to Teach’ series and wrote the first book in the series, which was awarded 10/10 by the TES, along with ‘How to Teach Literacy’, ‘The Book of Plenary’, ‘Why are You Shouting at Us?: The Dos and Don’t of Behaviour Management’ (with John Murphy), ‘Bad Education’, ‘Dancing About Architecture, ‘Literacy Through Football Skills’, ‘Could do Better’, 'Rules for Mavericks' and ‘The Michael Gove Colouring-in Book’. His books have been translated into many different languages and he has worked in Australia (where he trained the New South Wales Police), USA, Sweden, Finland, Belgium, Germany and Switzerland.
His programmes for Teachers’ TV are used in universities across the English speaking world and include three of the forty most popular programmes in the channel’s run. He has won two Royal Television Awards: the on-screen breakthrough award for ‘The Unteachables’ and the most educational impact in primetime schedule for ‘Can’t Read, Can’t Write’, and has appeared on Newsnight, the Today Programme, Woman’s Hour and Start the Week.