It was very humbling, extremely impressive, and I asked her if she would mind if I shared some of her photos of her notes via Twitter which she was happy for me to do.
I wanted to honour her considerable commitment but at the same time make it clear that there is no requirement to take any notes during the course.
This is what I wrote for Twitter along with attaching four photos of her notes:
In response to this Tweet, a man who had completed our Phonics Training Online course wrote:I've had permission to share some notes taken by a lady undertaking my Phonics Training Online course. I was blown away when she sent the photos to me. Note-taking is not 'required' but this is true dedication. I feel very honoured that she did the course.
You can imagine that I was very pleased to have this affirmation that note-taking is not necessary nor required, and also that this response was so positive about the course!That's right, the course is not designed to be demanding for the learner, but the content delivered is pure gold - the nitty-gritty and nuts n bolts of how to fashion, deliver, fine-tune and sustain a phonics-based early literacy program that's fit for universal application.
I asked permission to copy and paste this response.
Then I also replied saying:
To which was the response:Thank you so much for saying as much.....20+ hours is a long time to ask people to devote but measured against my decades of experience brought to the table, it's a fair exchange perhaps?
Since David and I decided to make the full Phonics International programme - including the Early Years Starter Package - entirely free to access, I can report there were immediately hundreds of people signing up for access.Just not sure how more people haven't discovered Phonics International
This just goes to show that in this day and age, the 'freebie' approach is able to attract immediate attention and significant uptake.
Update: I asked my amazing 'note taking' lady whether she had found our Phonics Training Online course beneficial for her teaching and this is what she replied:
Thank goodness for that after so much hard work put into the course by David and myself, and extraordinary dedication evidenced by this teacher.Dear Debbie,
your course has been tremendously helpful and has, indeed, made a lot of difference to my work practice.
In fact, I am known as a "Queen of Phonics" at my school ðŸ™ˆ.
Thank you so much for everything you are doing!
That's one lucky class - year after year lucky children!