This sub-topic can be used in conjunction with sub-topic 7.3 Auditing literacy as a logical next step or it can be used independently if an audit of literacy provision has already taken place. You will develop the skills to use information to make informed judgements in a way that prioritises progression in literacy learning and teaching.
The topic includes:
- scenario learning
- data management exercise
- graduated film clips relating to SWOT episodes.
Scenario learning is a way of analysing a particular situation and using his information to make informed judgements about potential outcomes. It can help you think through the decision making process and consider the implications of each choice.
Design a mindmap showing your potential decision pathways with outcomes. You may like to use an app such as SimpleMind (external link) or FreeMind (external link) for this activity.
Consider your action points and the resultant consequences with reference to the following headings.
- No action.
Discussing different scenarios can be a useful tool for extending viewpoints and thinking about the potential outcomes before actions are taken. You may like to use this example of further reading on scenario based learning (external link) as a starting point for additional further reading.
Often decisions affecting learning and teaching have to be made in a fast-paced environment. This activity helps you think about the ways that you prioritise actions concerning literacy provision.
You have 15 minutes to complete this activity.
After completing the electronic in-tray, you can view an example of the completed exercise and some points for reflection. However, it is important to note that there are many successful outcomes to this exercise.
Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT)
A SWOT analysis is a popular method of assessing and evaluating a particular aspect of an organisation. For example, you may want to use a SWOT analysis to evaluate your literacy curriculum, or your reading resources. The key to useful SWOT analysis is to ask questions that generate meaningful data by going beyond the obvious. In particular, you might like to prepare questions that will help you identify existing evidence or data to support strengths, or reveal gaps in provision.
This summary of SWOT analysis for educational settings (external link) may prove useful.
In this activity you are presented with 1 minute, 3 minute and 5 minute film clips of learning and teaching in literacy. The aim is to help you develop a 'critical eye' when observing learning and teaching in order to quickly decide upon the areas for development and those that can be considered a strength.
For this activity you will need three copies of SWOT grids. There are many examples available but it is best to create one suitable for your learning environment.
Watch the film clips only once and complete the grids within a 15 minute timeframe. This is to replicate decision-making in a busy classroom and provide you with an opportunity to develop a critical sense of observation.
In this activity you are asked to consider what happens to the quality of literacy when the introduction to the lesson is interrupted.
Watch the introduction to the lesson in Clip 1. Then select and watch both of the interruption clips. Consider these points of reflection:
- What happens to quality and consistency of literacy learning when learners miss parts of the introduction to a lesson?
- What is the potential effect on the teacher and the other children?
- What strategies could be put in place to ensure the quality of learning is sustained?
- Whilst some interruptions are unavoidable, what do you think about protecting lesson introduction times from disruption?
In this sub-topic you have considered other types of audit and evaluation tools which will help you evaluate your literacy provision. These have included scenario learning, prioritising actions and a SWOT analysis. Using a variety of tools will help you make judgements based on evidence which will lead to more justifiable changes.