My name is Katie and I passionately believe every child can learn beyond what is expected of them.
I have been teaching English for fifteen years and in my last role in school, I developed a Literacy workshop with my wonderful colleagues, Toni Lawson and Jo Coe. This workshop was designed for all dyslexic children in Key Stage 3 and facilitated intuitive strategies to boost memory. We found we could significantly boost spelling and reading by developing memory strategies – and profoundly boost self esteem.
During my recent MA in Special and Inclusive Education, I developed these workshops, privately, for parents. I used my research to further my exploration into unique and innovative processing patterns. Not only did I find this really helped children who are ‘struggling’ to read but I started to appreciate the inextricable link between reading and children’s sense of self.
Although I loved teaching, I knew I had to offer more – more creative, more innovative hands-on strategies for parents and children who are finding learning to read – or any area of literacy – a bit tricky. The Love of Literacy was born…
It has been, and still is, a wonderful journey. BERA (British Educational Research Association) have recently published my research article on-line on phonics, reading and self-concept. I learn as much from the children I work with as they learn from me. I run workshops for schools and parents to help put the love back into literacy development.
Through my research, and through working with so many wonderful children, I have created The Alphabeasts – twelve beautiful creatures designed to offer different reading strategies. These innovative cards (and book) can be purchased here on my web-site.
I look forward to chatting with you or meeting you soon!