Tag: Reading


Jan

13

2021
Online English Teaching: Tone in non-fiction texts

Online English Teaching: Tone in non-fiction texts

The motivation for resurrecting this weekly blog this year is very simple: to reflect carefully on how to be a better English teacher. Is that a possible aim in our new online teaching world? Last week, as I sat with a computer wrestling with Teams and becoming more and more enraged, I would have offered a resounding no. Some teachers chuckle and modestly claim to...

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Jan

07

2021
On Teaching Reading.

On Teaching Reading.

  “There will always be another book to read, or guiltily to reread. And that is a joy for all of us.” Stig Abell ‘Things I learned on the 6.28.’ One book. That, dear reader, was the sum total of my Christmas gift stash. One book. My status as a mid-thirties male, however, was firmly entrenched: legions of socks; more ties than I could possibly...

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Jun

15

2018
Summer term experiments: Year 10, ‘Invictus’ and ’12 Years a Slave.’

Summer term experiments: Year 10, ‘Invictus’ and ’12 Years a Slave.’

    “Don’t address their brains, address their hearts.” Nelson Mandela. This mission to develop the reading confidence of my low set Year 10 group continued with earnest this week. Last weekend, I spent a delightful hour rummaging around my book shelf to find some suitable extracts (my long suffering wife seemed to have issues with my retort that I couldn’t possibly complete any housework,...

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Jun

08

2018
Summer term experiments: Year 10, extracts and creative writing.

Summer term experiments: Year 10, extracts and creative writing.

“Above all, I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and adventure.” Oliver Sacks ‘Gratitude.’ The sun is shining, exams are (finally) coming to a close and there are now glimpses of time available to think and be creative in the classroom. My low set Year 10 now need some serious...

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