Teaching

It is quite possible to work without results, but never will there be results without work…

The run up to Christmas was immense and I was so tired when we eventually got to the holidays. I find myself sleeping deeper and deeper as the term ends and the holidays approach to the point that you are … Continue reading

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Building a Bridge through Books

Sunday 27 January 2013 marks Holocaust Memorial Day in the UK. It is a date now part of many schools’ calendars with commemorative assemblies, projects, visits and presentations taking place. I’ve actively supported HMD since it began in 2001 and … Continue reading

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Should We Set?

One of the controversial issues in teaching is whether classes should be set or not. Should a school, or a department, using a narrow selection criteria of academic attainment, organise its pupils into classes where there will be a marked … Continue reading

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Let’s Read the Way

I have a stock answer when a parent asks me, as their child’s English teacher, how to help their teenager to improve ‘their English’ at home. My answer? Simply to do everything they can to encourage them to read. Just … Continue reading

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Is technology the answer?

Is technology the answer to improving education? The technology revolution characterised by the internet, social networks, smart phones, ipads and smart boards promises much when it comes to education. In my own subject, English, with its crucial connection to literacy, … Continue reading

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The Link Question

  A writer will link ideas together often using a linking sentence or phrases (group of words that are part of a sentence). This is done to introduce a new idea to the reader in a way that allows the … Continue reading

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The Factory School

Ken Robinson is a world famous educator whose talks are watched by the million on youtube. He travels all around the world giving lectures on the education system and if he’s not doing a TED talk then he’s at a … Continue reading

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Higher English – Word Choice questions

Word choice is a literary technique, or literary device. Some words have connotations and some don’t. Words that don’t have connotations are words like ‘a’, ‘the’, ‘of’, ‘were’. Some words have denotations, or to be accurate, denote things: like ‘ship’ … Continue reading

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Is praise harming pupils?

Nowadays teachers are encouraged to be positive, to find opportunities to praise pupils as much and whenever possible. I’ve sat through many a CPD course that praised the educational achievements of the ‘positive’ classroom; and our council’s elected ex-education convener … Continue reading

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Confidence in state schools

Robert Peston is the BBC’s Business Editor, the author of several books and an economic journalist who became one of the leading commentators of the financial crisis and subsequent recession. Despite having a father that was ennobled, as a Labour … Continue reading

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