One of the highlights of my childhood was the period of time I spent as Doncaster’s Under 9s Badminton Champion. It was a difficult tournament that I had to win to get the title; though I had a bit of luck on my side, in the end, talent shone through. Friends would ask me to […]Read more "Memory, Childhood and School"
Later this week I’m meeting up with a friend to help her set up a Twitter profile and a teacher blog, and to help get her established. It shouldn’t be too much of a struggle as she is already a stupendously good teacher with a lot to say, and she is keen to get started. […]Read more "5 Reasons Why Edu Twitter Is Good"
It is a melancholy object to those who traverse the classrooms of this great country, when they see the schools cluttered with tattered books filled with pupils’ thoughts – sellotaped together by similarly tattered teachers – and witness the grey clouds of curiosity billowing over the young like a bad smog. I think it is […]Read more "A Modest Proposal To Fix Our Broken Education System"
Storytelling is a beautiful thing. I gladly allow it to leak across my timetable, and find it hard to cull a good session when the kids are interested. It is memorable for them, and even with the older ones I teach, the act of pausing the daily routine, getting down onto the carpet, is one […]Read more "Improv(is)e Your Storytelling"
There are plenty of things that I don’t like about my office. I don’t like the fact that my swivel chair collapses on itself at unexpected moments, sending me juddering to the ground. I don’t like how my pens all disappear (though I know it is from me absent-mindedly leaving them all over the place). […]Read more "Shelf Life"
This year I will mostly be thinking about anecdotes. I find them fascinating; the way in which anecdotes are created and shared, the ability some people have to tell a good story, and the ways in which anecdotes and shared stories contribute towards happy social setups. This could be about kids in a classroom, about […]Read more "The Personal Stories of a Few Random Words"
Published in full in Teach Primary, here. Thanks TP for the stunning image to accompany this piece too. All credit to you and the artist. With heavy exhalations and after much eye-rubbing, I had finished drafting the curriculum map for the whole school for geography. I looked over it first with a sense of relief, […]Read more "A Simple Geography Map Task Exploring your Local Area can Produce Beautifully Complex Results"