David Didau`s book is everything a book about the work of teaching should be: clear-eyed, lively, wise, and funny. Written by a front-line practitioner of the craft. --Doug Lemov, Managing Director, Teach Like a Champion Team
The Secret of Literacy is an essential book for all teachers and school leaders. It is not just another literacy book. David Didau provides a crystal clear rationale for all teachers taking responsibility for developing literacy in their specialist areas, with lots of very practical ideas, drawing on a range of sources from blogs and the latest literature on the issue. Anyone familiar with David`s own superb Learning Spy blog will immediately recognise some of his most powerful ideas and his inimitable style: it is witty and accessible, grounded in the reality of everyday classrooms, but also conveys a sense of urgency. This is a serious business and, as David highlights, too much of what we do in the name of literacy, isn`t literacy at all. The book is challenging us to do better and shows us how. 'Making the implicit explicit' captures the key message, but Secrets of Literacy is more than a set of tools; it is a call to arms! --Tom Sherrington, Head Teacher, King Edward VI Grammar School, Chelmsford
As an avid reader of David`s brilliant blog I was really excited to read his new book. I wasn`t to be disappointed! In his inimitable style, David manages to enliven and illuminate literacy, making what is a potentially tricky topic accessible and downright intriguing. He distils a shed-full of research and combines this with practical pedagogy. David puts the compelling argument that literacy is not a bolt-on job for English teachers, but it is rather a fundamental aspect of great teaching in every lesson for all teachers. He dispels some enduring myths and establishes a clear, usable method. --Alex Quigley, Subject leader of English and Assistant head teacher at Huntington School, York.
About the Author
After 15 years as a teacher, in which he led 2 English departments and was an Assistant Head, David Didau is now a freelance trainer, education consultant, conference speaker, provocateur and writer. His blog, The Learning Spy, is (apparently) one of most influential education blogs in the world and he is also the author of the best-selling, 'The Perfect English Lesson' and 'The Secret of Literacy'. His training has been described variously as being "like bottled lightning", "throwing a grenade into a still pond" and "quite good".