MSHS, where I work, has a big strategic plan for enhancing Literacy across the whole school. The grand plan includes a focus area for each semester. During semester 1 we focused on Vocabulary development and support. This semester we are going to focus on, you guessed it, Grammar and Punctuation. During term 3, this term, I aim to hone in on Punctuation. We will tackle some Grammar during term 4 and cement the Punctuation and Vocabulary learning that we have already done. That is the plan.
Tomorrow I will be introducing our new focus to the staff at my school with this video. I will play it at the beginning of our staff meeting tomorrow afternoon, followed by a short introduction regarding the importance of punctuation. All of this will be wrapped up with a reminder to “watch this space” for hand outs and other resources related to the main focus. When I meet with the Literacy and Numeracy Leadership later this week there will be more discussion and we will flesh out the resources and activities that staff will need.
Teaching Punctuation and using Punctuation confidently, can be challenging for many teachers. I have done my best to avoid the Grammar and Punctuation focus but we can’t avoid it anymore. It is time to bite the bullet and just do it. There will be more to come regarding explicit instruction of Punctuation symbols and rules of use, as well as making the Literacy Focus “sticky” for staff.
Day One is Done…