Reading the Key to self-empowerment

It was a pleasure to welcome Dr David Johnston, course leader for PGDE Secondary English and Dr Wayne Price, Senior Lecturer in English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Aberdeen when St Margaret’s hosted its second TeachMeet for English practitioners from across Aberdeen city and shire.

The theme was ‘active reading’ and it was particularly enlightening to hear David speak about the importance of developing reading engagement across the curriculum, in order to develop critical independence in learning.

Wayne’s focus was on encouraging us to remember that reading is the key to self-empowerment. He shared with us the University’s undergraduate first year courses, giving us a greater understanding of the high level of academic independence required in our pupils’ first year of further education.


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