As busy teachers, essentialism is not always a skill we have successfully acquired and my interest in this book was piqued when Kat Howard recommended it on Twitter. Personally, I feel like I have gone through an ‘essentialiam’ process over the last three years, stripping back and, despite falling off the bandwagon at the startContinue reading “Essentialism by Greg McKeown”
If you tuned in to my session at Teach Meet English icons, you will know that I am working on how I approach the teaching of writing. It is not something that I have found easy and much prefer the teaching of reading as a result. The reason I have found it difficult is becauseContinue reading “Developing writing – y9 opinion columns”
We are in the process of putting together a new curriculum. And with a new curriculum, comes new knowledge…potentially. Like many, as I think about new units, I also think about the Big Questions or the key knowledge points that I want my pupils to take from the unit. In term 1 of our YearContinue reading “Trying to get better with retention and retrieval practice”
Over the lockdown period, I had the fortune to join a series of English and Media Centre webinars with Barbara Bleiman, who is an absolute legend in the English world. In those webinars, Barbara Bleiman really really made me think and reflect upon my own practice. She made me think and reflect about how muchContinue reading “Fostering pupil voice and their experience of texts”
POSTED ORIGINALLY IN MARCH 2013 In my role as Literacy Co-Ordinator I am expected to run a CPD day each year. In year 1 the focus is on developing Speaking and Listening skills and, in particular, student presentations. I was keen for this CPD day not to be led by me. As an English teacher andContinue reading “Revisiting old posts: The power of presentation”
POSTED ORIGINALLY IN JANUARY 2014 Strategies to develop key vocabulary across the curriculum Important considerations: 1) Students must know / understand the key vocabulary – no good using if they don’t know the meaning 2) Teaching words within sentences – essential to get context right 3) One school suggests – Subject areas: 1) Literacy matsContinue reading “Revisiting old posts: Developing key vocabulary across the curriculum”
POSTED ORIGINALLY IN MARCH 2014 On Saturday I attended the Pedagoo conference. It was a great day and opportunity to touch based with Twitter colleagues. Having been to a number of these now, I am always quite choosy where I go opting for the more practical of sessions especially if I am promised something IContinue reading “Revisiting old posts: Foldables”
POSTED ORIGINALLY IN MARCH 2014 There is a sense of irony in starting with a cake to celebrate an anniversary and that is because, in a lot of ways, I feel like I am married to my school. BUT, in January of last year I very naively put in an application for a Head of faculty post.Continue reading “Revisiting old posts: Happy 1 Year at the Welly”
POSTED ORIGINALLY IN JUNE 2104 Last night I, along with colleagues of mine from the Academy were invited to Wellington College for a talk on leadership. The timing for this was super. Year 11 finished their time with us yesterday which put a really neat end to the hardest year of my professional career duringContinue reading “Revisiting old posts: learning to lead from Dr Seldon”
POSTED ORIGINALLY IN JUNE 2014 The word research seemingly appeared in almost all presentations today with one professional stating ‘he was losing the will to live’, although he was criticised for his viewpoint. No-one seemed to define the need for research but rather assumed that its value was a given. The value being that itContinue reading “Revisiting old posts: Moving forward with research”
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