Jan

20

2017
Tackling Transition: lessons from the research.

Tackling Transition: lessons from the research.

  “I want to emphasise to you, Mr President-elect, that we now are going to do everything we can to help you succeed because if you succeed, then the country succeeds,” Barack Obama “Doing my best to disregard the many inflammatory President O statements and roadblocks. Thought it was going to be a smooth transition – NOT!” Donald Trump This has been a week of...

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Jan

13

2017
Eduqas Component 2 Mock informed teaching: an action plan.

Eduqas Component 2 Mock informed teaching: an action plan.

But all the clocks in the city Began to whirr and chime: ‘O let not Time deceive you, You cannot conquer Time. W.H Auden “As I walked out one evening’ One of the pleasures of starting the  A-Z of classic Literature challenge this month has been spending some time in the company of W. H Auden (confession: much less enthusiastic about the time spent with Austen’s ‘Emma’!) The...

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Dec

27

2016
The educational book to read in 2017: ‘Hopeful Schools’ by Mary Myatt

The educational book to read in 2017: ‘Hopeful Schools’ by Mary Myatt

“Hope. Hope in the face of difficulty. Hope in the face of uncertainty. The audacity of hope”. Barack Obama Hope has not been a popular word in 2016. Politically, Obama’s unifying rallying call from this speech in 2004  feels like an echo from a bygone age. The cynicism of Trump; the insularity of Brexit; the coarsening of public discourse, it has all filtered through our subconsciousness and...

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Dec

14

2016
Learning curves: a diary entry every day in 2016

Learning curves: a diary entry every day in 2016

“I think a lot, but I don’t say much.” Anne Frank I am now a man who writes a diary. An admission I never thought I would make. I am a chap who keeps it religiously, every single day, without fail. I have written an entry every day for 2016. Yes, as you edge slowly and fearfully towards the cross at the top of the page, I...

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Dec

14

2016
Learning curves: reading 52 books in 2016

Learning curves: reading 52 books in 2016

“Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.” Maya Angelou Remember that voracious obsession that dominated every hour as a child? Remember that innocent abandon in which you devoured books before the adolescent years descended like a black cloud? Remember the sonorous call of George and the bunch as...

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Dec

09

2016
Stoical serenity: behaviour management from Ancient Rome.

Stoical serenity: behaviour management from Ancient Rome.

  “It is the power of the mind to be unconquerable.” Seneca I realise to post about behaviour management at this stage in the year is gloriously lacking in festive cheer. Let me for a brief moment fully embrace, in fact exalt the philosophy of the “squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous old sinner,” Scrooge. This time of year is rather difficult, inordinately challenging to remain calm...

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Dec

01

2016
Year 11 mock exams: speedos, modelling writing and self assessment.

Year 11 mock exams: speedos, modelling writing and self assessment.

“Eagerly I reached for my delightful new purchase: a five pound pair of silver speedos.” The great debate this week: spend five hours marking thirty copies of my middle set Year 11 pieces of creative writing or spend an hour writing my own example and sharing with them? The ponder: which will have more impact in improving their understanding of what makes engaging writing?  Which will enthuse them more...

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Nov

25

2016
Like Lambs to the Slaughter: preparing Year 9 for GCSE English

Like Lambs to the Slaughter: preparing Year 9 for GCSE English

  “Mary Maloney was waiting for her husband to come home from work.” Poor old Mary, the jilted lover of Roald Dahl’s masterful ‘Lamb to the Slaughter’.   It all began so calmly. Her tumultuous marriage has been the focus for two Year 9 groups I am teaching this year: one a low band set and one a middle band. Both these groups present different learners...

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Nov

18

2016
Seventastic Speaking: experiments with speech.

Seventastic Speaking: experiments with speech.

One cannot change this all in a moment, but one can at least change one’s own habits, and from time to time one can even, if one jeers loudly enough, send some worn-out and useless phrase — some jackboot, Achilles’ heel, hotbed, melting pot, acid test, veritable inferno, or other lump of verbal refuse — into the dustbin where it belongs… ‘Politics and the English...

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