Books and Writing

I was delighted to have been approached by Alex Johnson to contribute to this book, looking at what parents can do to encourage a lifelong love of reading. I wrote a small chapter focusing on how parents can support reading by asking the right sort of questions at home. A very enjoyable project!

Publishing 26th March 2020.

Author: Alex Johnson

Brand: British Library Publishing

Number of pages: 208 pages, including 30+ mono illustrations

Binding: Flexibound

Dimensions: 198 x 130 mm

How do you create an active reader? Why is reading good for creativity? Why is it vital for teaching the next generation resilience and positive mental health?

In the digital age of never-ending screen time you could argue that the power of books has diminished. But while screens have changed the act of reading, Alex Johnson believes reading is even more important, and that people value books more than ever. This is visible in the sales of printed special editions, the revival in reading aloud, the increased interest in poetry anthologies and the rescuing of ‘lost words’ from obscurity.

But the problem is: with so many competing distractions, which are the best books for children to read and how can we access them? How do we get children to start reading? And how can we encourage them to be curious? How can we encourage their reading and maintain their interest? In this book of practical advice, Alex Johnson brings his tremendous enthusiasm and informed passion to answer these questions, and many more, to ensure a new generation of bookworms are whisked away to new worlds and essential discoveries.

In this book, I wrote a short section giving practical ideas for parents to support reading at home and some ways to remedy age-old problems of having decent conversations with children about what they are reading.

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 996 KB
  • Print Length: 171 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1502717778

‘As a researcher, David Hyner has interviewed over 150 top achievers from all walks of life. Amongst the many golden nuggets and gems of thoughts and behaviours that make people successful, he discovered “how” they set and achieve MASSIVE goals.’

David writes, speaks and broadcasts on his research findings and this book covers a range of hints and tips to support teachers in classrooms.

In this text, I wrote a short section highlighting the importance of creating the right climate for learning.

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Crown House Publishing (13 Jun. 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1785833383
  • ISBN-13: 978-1785833380

‘Guy Claxton is a cognitive scientist specialising in the expandability of human intelligence bodily and intuitive as well as intellectual and the roles schools play in either growing or stunting these capacities. A prolific author, his practical programmes for teachers are influencing children’s lives in Ireland, Spain, Poland, Dubai, South Africa, Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, and Brazil, as well as across the UK.

Graham Powell has over forty years experience working in education holding various posts including head teacher, Ofsted inspector, and local authority adviser and has throughout his career maintained a passionate concern for the ways in which young people learn. He has worked with numerous schools, both across the UK and overseas, that have chosen to place the LPA at the heart of their vision for 21st century learning. Graham is also a distinctive and inspirational trainer and is the co-author of many books including ‘The Learning Powered School’ and ‘Pathways to Coaching’‘.

This text includes a range of different worked examples of ‘ powering up’ students in the classroom and I was fortunate to be asked to contribute a short section on the impact that this approach had had on my teaching.

The Teaching and Learning Organisation Building Learning Power Blog

The Impact of BLP on my teaching (August 2014)

National Association of Able Children in Education Blog (NACE)

Leading Curriculum Change in English (October 2019)