Mar

30

2018
Reflect and Refine: Growing Passionate Teachers

Reflect and Refine: Growing Passionate Teachers

“If we create a culture where every teacher believes they need to improve, not because they are not good enough, but because we can be even better, there is no limit to what we can achieve” Dylan William. What keeps us energised, motivated and enthusiastic in our classrooms? When faced with a new academic year, what inspires us to become better versions of ourselves for...

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Mar

02

2018
A Slow Teaching Collection

A Slow Teaching Collection

After reading ‘In Praise of Slow’ by Carl Honore in February of last year I set off on a mission: an examination of applying slowness to the world of education. Over a year later the book is published by John Catt Educational today and and available to buy from Amazon here. It certainly doesn’t advocate a “tortoise teaching” approach, rather it encourages teachers to take more control...

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Feb

22

2018
‘The Tortoise and The Hare’ in the Classroom.

‘The Tortoise and The Hare’ in the Classroom.

In this age, which believes there is a short cut to everything, the greatest lesson to be learned is that the most difficult way is, in the long run, the easiest. Henry Miller. Rather terrifyingly, after almost a year of writing, ‘Slow Teaching: on finding calm, clarity and impact in the classroom’ will be published next week by John Catt Educational (Friday 2nd March). The...

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Jan

26

2018
‘Teaching to the Top’: A challenge collection.

‘Teaching to the Top’: A challenge collection.

“The struggle you’re in today is developing the strength you need for tomorrow.” Robert Tew. Outside of the every daily variety of life in the classroom, one of the things I have particularly enjoyed about this academic year is setting up a CPD group called ‘Teacher Advocates’ with Zoe Taylor (who runs this excellent blog for English teachers) in our school. The idea is that...

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Jan

18

2018
Developing English Language confidence with ‘127 Hours’

Developing English Language confidence with ‘127 Hours’

“When I look up, the backlit stone falling toward my head consumes the sky.” ‘127 Hours: Between a Rock and a Hard Place’ by Aron Ralston (2004).  I teach one lesson a week with a Year 9 group of thirteen students. There are twelve boys and one female student. The lesson is called ‘Secure’, with the idea that it boosts the English skills of nominated...

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Jan

12

2018
Developing critical and careful readers of non-fiction texts in Year 11.

Developing critical and careful readers of non-fiction texts in Year 11.

“Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is the probable reason why so few engage in it.” Henry Ford Having had a number of what should have been post gluttony hibernation days ruthlessly stolen by mock examination marking over the holidays, I am determined that this investment will lead to tangible improvements for my Year 11 group. Mocks can often fuel workload frustrations, particularly...

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Dec

14

2017
A Year of Educational Reading

A Year of Educational Reading

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” Mahatma Gandhi When I started this blog in August of last year, I penned this rather cringe worthy, clearly too much sun inspired, rationale: “The blog is merely offered as an attempt to crystalise and share thinking about teaching and learning. It will also be a place to prioritise reflection...

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Dec

01

2017
Teaching ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’

Teaching ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’

“Prime numbers are what is left when you have taken all the patterns away. I think prime numbers are like life. They are very logical but you could never work out the rules, even if you spent all your time thinking about them.” (Christopher Boone, Chapter 19, p. 12) At the start of this term I was a bit perplexed about how to approach Mark...

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Nov

24

2017
Experiments with strategies from ‘What Does This Look Like In The Classroom?’

Experiments with strategies from ‘What Does This Look Like In The Classroom?’

“Teaching is the best profession in the world and has given us a huge amount of satisfaction. This book is, we hope, a useful contribution to the work of our fellow travellers” Carl Hendrick and Robin Macpherson ‘What Does This Look Like In The Classroom’ There is, let’s be clear, not a huge amount of time for dipping into the murky depths of educational research...

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Nov

17

2017
How do writers create effect? Year 11 and ‘Enduring Love’

How do writers create effect? Year 11 and ‘Enduring Love’

“I’ve never seen such a terrible thing as that falling man” Ian McEwan ‘Enduring Love’ In the spirit of ‘Enduring November,’ a month that for us hard working teacher folk feels like a never ending marathon, a post on using Ian McEwan’s wonderful ‘Enduring Love’ with my Year 11 group. Today saw the the beginning of the mock exam preparations, which this year will see my group...

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