Feeling A Bit Billy…
There’s a great Scottish (or maybe just Perth) expression, “Billy Nae-Mates” meaning ‘one who is on his or her own, someone without friends‘. Anyway, when it comes to discussing the newly published Literacy across Learning document, that’s exactly how I feel so I’ve been a wee bit busy and would like to invite you all to join in the conversation.
I wonder if there’s anything in the timing of the publication of the Curriculum for Excellence Principles and Practice and Experiences and Outcomes documents. By making them available just before the Easter break I hope the powers that be aren’t trying to ‘bury bad news‘… I like to think it is more to allow us the holiday to read and digest all the information they contain… but most likely, it is just the first opportunity LTS had to get them published.
Whatever the reasons for the timing, the documents themselves are going to be poured over in great detail, and so they should be. After all, they are going to affect Scottish education for the foreseeable future. They will affect every person involved in Scottish education (from pupils to parents to businesses to teachers), and so we need to be clear what they are saying. To this end, I’ve started a wiki to discuss them.
Initially, I set out to put the Literacy documents online so I could use diigo to annotate them. Of course, diigo will allow others to see and comment on my thoughts, and more importantly, will allow others to make their own points on the documents.To further facilitate this, there is a diigo group which people are welcome to join at: http://groups.diigo.com/groups/cfe-literacy.
Finally, I’ve also added “That’s My Mouse” to the pages so anyone can have instant messaging with anyone else on the page.
The documents are important and they do raise plenty of talking points, so I hope you’ll take the time to join up and join in… that way we can all benefit! Oh, and I’ll not be quite as ‘Billied‘ as I feel at the moment!
[STOP PRESS: I’m delighted to say that Ian Stuart from Islay High School has now joined in and has posted the Technologies docs on the wiki. This makes great sense as one of the central tenets of CfE is the cross-curricular nature of learning. All we need to do now is get all the other subjects/areas on board, and also get some primary teachers, parents, librarians and even pupils involved in the discussions!]