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"
Published in full here, in TeachPrimary Memory has a weak relationship with salience; mine does, at least. I remember a Year 10 geography lesson on the role of John Madejski in the regeneration of Reading not because it changed my life, or taught me anything in particular; I remember it happening because my brain plucks […]Read more "A Chance Canoeing Encounter With A Radical Marxist Teacher Changed My Life"
The whole post is published by Teach Primary here “That can’t be right”, I opine to myself, as I notice that I am down for a two-hour lunchtime duty in the playground every Friday. “That’s what we do here”, my new colleague replies (I had accidentally spoken aloud – a bad habit). “We find that […]Read more "We Need To Talk About Playground Duty"
If not later, when? Teaching is tightly timed. Given the number of children taught in schools, the number of lessons going on simultaneously and the need for children to access a certain breadth of curriculum, things are tightly sequenced and scheduled so every child has a body in the room telling them stuff. A typical […]Read more "‘If Not Later, When?’ Teaching clocklessly."