Nostalgia as Pebbledash Nostalgia guides us, and not always in the most helpful directions. My memories of primary school are scattergun, a smattering of half-forgotten moments. I remember vividly the experience of queueing up at my Year 3 teacher’s knees, waiting to ask her my burning question, my chest puffed up with the early symptoms […]Read more "The Feeling of Reading"
There is another world of education that exists outside the classrooms, and this rich tapestry of learning contexts attests most of all to the importance that people attach to education and to being educated. There persists a deeply held belief in the value of education as a form a bettering oneself – as opening doors to […]Read more "Teaching in the Community"
Sprezzatura – “effortless grace or an easy facility in accomplishing difficult actions while hiding the conscious effort that went into them.” – Sprezzatura in the primary school is rare, but when you find it, it stirs the soul. As a kind of learned naturalness or ‘rehearsed spontaneity’ (1) it is what you might find a couple of times […]Read more "TfS – Teaching for Sprezzatura"
You may have heard of a Progressives versus Traditionalists debate. It is among the thornier thickets of EduTwitter. The boundaries of each theoretical/philosophical standpoint are contested. Rumour has it that if a Knowledge Organiser is printed in colour, and given to six children to look at as part of a group work task, everybody dies. Whilst […]Read more "Trad and Prog: My Two Penn’orth"
Being voiceless is horrible. I mean voiceless in both the literal and metaphorical sense, and I write this from my sickbed in a Greek apartment with an uvula the size and shape of a pensioner’s fist. For the last six days, I have had acute tonsillitis and it has been, at times, almost impossible to […]Read more "Reflections on Voicelessness"
On Friday, I worked with a class of Year 3 children. I had put together some lessons about humour in fiction. We explored what made a good comedic character and we explored the importance of plot. The kids created some characters and then, working with the kids, we put the bare bones of a plot together, keenly attempted to […]Read more "The Sad Thing That Happened To That Cow"
I want to state right from the offset that it was Professor Teresa Cremin who introduced the term of ‘Dahl- Dependency’ to me, when she led our INSET training last Monday. Research conducted as part of the Teachers as Readers Research Project showed that teachers have a ‘limited and limiting repertoire’ of children’s authors, poets and […]Read more "Dahl-Dependency: Break the Cycle"