Christmas for me is simoly a justification to eat a lot of marzipan. As a non-religious chap, the personalised meaning of Christmas is purely cultural, and has no direct ‘spiritual relevance’ for me. I can imagine for those who really are Christian, and whose religiosity exists at the forefront of their lives, seeing the modern […]Read more "Christmas as Britishness?"
Originally posted on Media Diversified:
Young Writers of Colour by Darren Chetty I’ve spent almost two decades teaching in English primary schools, which serve multiracial, multicultural, multifaith communities. I want to explore two things I have noticed. 1) Almost without exception, whenever children are asked to write a story in school, children of colour will…
I am a big fan of an addictive little gadget called GeoGuessr (www.geoguessr.com) and whilst it is important not to fall into the trap of promoting ‘edutainment’, this game can be used remarkably well in the classroom to develop geographical enquiry and geographical inference. GeoGuessr is a clever little thing. It present you with an […]Read more "Using GeoGuessr in the Classroom"
Originally posted on Trivium21c:
I was asked by a teacher, at a talk I was giving on oracy, if I have a lesson plan which she could use to teach Rhetoric ‘simply and in one lesson.’ I replied ‘yes!’ And here it is: In order to teach this lesson it is a good idea to…
My pupils are not those disaffected 15 year olds who can only be brought into the world of the written word through writing gritty raps about their life in the grime of the tower blocks. My pupils are the well-behaved and relatively docile 9 year olds who can be enthused about pretty much anything so […]Read more "Teaching Poetry Coolly"
In my home town, the Wetherspoons has a larger Sunday morning congregation than the church. Being an atheist there is about as notable and controversial as having a head. In secondary school, the small minority of pupils who did practice a faith (and these were the same small minority who were not white, generally) were […]Read more "Teacher With No Religion"