MI Monday | Three Steps of Teaching Literacy
It is widely acknowledged that literacy is an essential life skill and that well-developed literacy skills improve students’ life chances.Research has indicated that peer feedback improves the process and product of students’ English writing.
Today’s micro-innovation describes how Ruby, a grade three teacher, encourages her students to follow three easy steps to improve their literacy levels.
Ruby and teachers throughout the school felt that students were not developing the ability to assess their own learning and determine how to improve and that their learning was not being reinforced effectively.
Ruby developed a system whereby students are offered three chances to learn without relying on dry repetition. Writing questions on the blackboard, Ruby first asks her class to answer a question in Hindi – to check knowledge and understanding. The second stage is to ask the students to write this answer in their notebooks in English, formalising the learning and requiring them to think for themselves in English. Finally, students swap notebooks with peers in order to check that both the original answer and that the written English was correct – giving a third layer to the process. The value of this micro-innovation is that it provides an opportunity for immediate feedback for students about their learning, as well as requiring them to deal with the same information in multiple ways, increasing the opportunity for deep learning.
The key principles behind this micro-innovation is that students should be given the opportunity to learn a particular skill or piece of knowledge several times and that students can support each other by providing the immediate feedback required for rapid improvement. There is also potential cognitive benefit in learning in two languages.
Potential implementation challenges
Students will need to be supported to ensure they can provide each other with useful feedback.
Impact so far (according to teacher)
Ruby reports that pupils now feel more accountable for their own learning and that of their peers, take more pride in their learning and becoming more independent learners.
To understand Ruby’s innovation in detail, download the implementation guide here- STIR_Three Step Teaching of Literacy