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ARTiculate newsletter: July & August 2018

Dr Peter Mugo Gathara (left) and Prof Kisulu Kombo (right) from Kenyatta University 
Hello teachers!

Jambo from Kenya! I’m here for a visit to Nairobi. When I have not been striding across the Maasai Mara, feeding baby giraffe to the Out of Africa soundtrack, I have been visiting the School of Education at Kenyatta University. Thank you for the welcome – asante sana!  But don’t be jealous UK teachers – it’s colder here in Kenya than it is in Leeds!

Book literacy CPD for your school’s September INSET!

Whether your school’s literacy teaching needs a bit of a shake up or a new sparkle, an ARTiculate CPD workshop is the ideal for your school’s INSET day in September.

If your school is getting back to basics, I have workshops designed to help teachers choose and use quality texts, develop independent writers, engage reluctant writers and use more effective editing or redrafting techniques.

For schools looking to develop and enhance their literacy teaching, I can guide your staff in using film to teach literacy, teaching whole school Shakespeare, using art to inspire writing or something else entirely. To find out more, click here or visit www.articulateeducation.co.uk.

Half/full day workshops are priced between £450 and £600 and can be combined with 1-2-1 coaching sessions for teachers, planning surgeries or co-teaching. Drop me an email to articulateeducation@gmail.com and we can take it from there.

A book for your shelf: The Garbage King by Elizabeth Laird


Mamo and Dani live opposite lives. For Mamo, home is a ramshackle hut in the slums of Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa with his older sister and troubled mother. On the other side of the city, Dani lives a life of privilege with his parents. But when their lives are both turned upside down, they find themselves alone on the city streets with the beggars, orphans and gangs.  A challenging but fascinating read for upper Key Stage 2.

This resource can be purchased from my e-shop on TES online (click here to access).
You can get it for free by joining my mailing list. Email articulateeducation@gmail.com with the word 'subscribe' as the email subject.

Resource summary


•    Inspire your class with a juicy discussion about the relevance of their education…
•    Write a ‘character book’ to use in drama to build deeper understanding of Dani, Mamo and the gang…
•    Explore the wider themes of the story through drama, geography and PSHE…
•    Draw scenes from the story in the style of beautiful Ethiopian iconography…
•    Collaborate on a written version of a scene in the story told from multiple perspectives…

Ideas for other books and films ideal for creative literacy can be found in my e-shop, click here to visit my website.

Have a relaxing summer holiday. Until September!

Stefan

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ARTiculate newsletter: March 2018

Hello teachers!

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