Writing is a linear process - top to bottom, left to right. But that's not how our minds work. This new teaching method makes cognition visual and learning new things more effective.
Since its conception, schools have seen a positive impact in the broad domain of literacy. The methodology enhances comprehension of new material and helps learners communicate their understanding back into the written word.
"It helped me in my Geography and English as I normally get stuck in the writing. When we do stories it allows me to set up my ideas first. If I make a mistake I can just move the blocks before writing it out." Woody, Year 7, The Maltings Academy.
New concepts are easier to understand if we can break ideas down into smaller parts. What results have we seen so far?
Using miniature whiteboards and blocks means that children can edit their work quickly.
Learners go beyond surface level details and explore deeper structures and patterns.
Clearer writing is usually the product of clearer thinking.
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No. Amongst the most widely cited outcomes are creativity and problem-solving capabilities.
When you need to tackle something with lots of parts, prepare for a piece of writing, consolidate a body of knowledge or check for understanding.
The process can be used to 'stretch' higher attaining pupils or support a child who is struggling with grasping a new concept. There are significant implications for dyslexia and autism.
They are usually addressing one of these agendas:
1) Schools supporting a significant amount of disadvantaged learners.
2) Schools that are focused on developing lifelong learning traits.
3) Schools that are embracing a knowledge-rich curriculum.
The toolkits are perfect for simplifying any important concept or task. This could be in English, Science or the Humanities. It's useful for any body of knowledge with a clear structure.