Adam’s Reading Journey

A video record of a pupil’s progression in reading A rare opportunity to see one pupil’s progress in reading over a twelve week period, captured on camera by the teachers of Heather Primary School in rural Leicestershire.

The journey starts with 5 year old Adam talking to his teacher, Becca Suluga, about the books he likes to read and share. We then follow him as his reading skills improve through a variety of strategies. Developing his ‘self talk’, or awareness, about these strategies is a key aspect to the learning that Becca encourages.

The accompanying video diary footage by headteacher Lou Harrison includes both reflection on Adam’s progress and discussion on the project. What does the video evidence show? How can video help in assessment? What is the effect on Adam?

Everyone is involved in recording and sharing the video footage via the web. Adam’s mother reflects on his progress with Becca; Lou reflects on the footage to moderate teacher assessments; and Adam starts taking over the shooting to tell his own story.

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