Aug

30

2016
September Starts: Renewal and Marginal gains

September Starts: Renewal and Marginal gains

“One of the most difficult things is not to change society, but to change yourself.” — Nelson Mandela One of the amazing things about teaching is its capacity for renewal. Each September brings with it a new start: an opportunity for reinvention, however large or small.  A new and eager brand of customers sit poised and ready, their minds empty vessels awaiting inspiration. That endless and sleepless...

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Aug

30

2016

Setting up a New Classroom

“A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.” ― Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own By a range of factors, two schools and five years later I have not yet managed to have my own ‘space’, a room that I, and my students, can recognise as our own. This year I am hugely grateful (ding, ding)...

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Aug

15

2016
The Joys of English Teaching

The Joys of English Teaching

  Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition. —Jacques Barzun The space of a few weeks of sunshine does some wonderful things to your vision of what you do. In this frame of mind, wholeheartedly idealistic (and perhaps cleansed from some of the less perfect realities of the classroom!) this post will unashamedly celebrate the unique beauty and value of...

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