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Unique and thought-provoking with leading experts and ‘reading revolutionaries’ offering practical advice and rigorous insight into how a reading revolution might work.
In his position as Professor of Children’s Literature at Goldsmiths, Michael Rosen has become increasingly concerned that a draconian assessment regime in schools has led to reading for enjoyment being marginalised. He believes now is time for a ‘reading revolution’ where teachers, parents and students take control of the agenda and put reading for pleasure at the heart of what they do. To this end, a unique and thought-provoking conference has been convened in which leading experts and ‘reading revolutionaries’ come together to offer practical advice and rigorous insight into how a reading revolution might work.
• The Mindful Reading Revolution. How can mindfulness meditation revolutionise reading for pleasure? How and why do mindfulness strategies help make reading more enjoyable? Dr. Francis Gilbert leads this workshop, where delegates will be invited to meditate and read – but not at the same time!
• The Digital Storytelling Reading Revolution. How can digital storytelling be used to turn reading into a meaningful and pleasurable activity that moves across modes and reaches wider audiences? Vicky Macleroy (co-director of the Critical Connections II project) and Sara Hirsch (Spoken Word Educator) show how digital storytelling can revolutionalise reading.
• The Reading Revolution Through Drama. Theo Bryer (UCL/IoE) and Maggie Pitfield (Goldsmiths). In this practical workshop we will focus on what takes place between text and reader and the role of drama in this process. As the reader's creative imagination is required to fully realise a text, we will look at ways in which drama might be employed in the classroom to make reading a fully interpretive, interactive and embodied experience.
• Reading and Controversy: refugee stories as a catalyst in the classroom? Dr. Julia Hope will examines the issues surrounding marginalised groups reading about themselves, and the implications of her research into this for teachers. She will look at the issue of representation of refugees in literature and discuss how this plays out in the classroom.
• The children’s author, SF Said, who will give a keynote speech drawing on his experiences as a reader, as a writer of texts such as Varjak Paw, and as an author who regularly visits schools and has seen first-hand the life-changing, revolutionary impact of reading for pleasure. For more, log onto his website: http://www.sfsaid.com/
• Teresa Cremin on Building Communities of Readers. She discusses research she has been involved in which reveals the significance of teachers’ knowledge of children’s literature and of children as readers, it articulated a clear Reading for Pleasure (RfP) pedagogy and demonstrated the difference that Reading Teachers - teachers who read and readers who teach - can make to building communities of engaged readers. For more log onto: https://researchrichpedagogies.org/research/reading-for-pleasure
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|23 Sep 2017||9:30am - 4:00pm|
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