This is a guest post by my friend and colleague Dr Nasima Hassan (@Nasimatheroad) from the University of East London. With a Muslim male PFA Player of the Year and a Muslim male Mayor of London hitting the headlines in recent weeks, writing about Muslim male primary school teachers as postmodern change-makers might look like […]
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I asked my Y4s what they are excited about for Y5. All they said is they are scared because Y5 is one year from SATS. #ks2sats — Jonny Walker (@jonnywalker_edu) 26 April 2016 As in many schools at the moment, test fever is settling into our playground like a beautiful flock of birds, if the birds […]
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New teachers need to believe in themselves as teachers in order to feel comfortable in their new role. The novelty of being there, whiteboard rubber in hand and with a lanyard round your neck, can feel like fancy dress. The first telling off you deliver makes you fly through your list of fictional rogues – […]
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I have the good fortune of living near a bookshop. When I walk in, I do not blindly grab at any book from any shelf, purchase it, read it and then form an opinion on it. As I walk in, I look first for the shelves that I am already interested in – often religion, […]
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Pop culture is a load of dreck and it frustrates me deeply to see children’s idiosyncratic tastes fade and blur, leaving an army of 10-11 year olds whose shared cultural language revolves around listening to rubbish bands making boring music, bantering about which team they support, and which vacuous American programmes they watch. I feel sorry for them because […]
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This is actually a homework task for the kids in my class, to help them consolidate their knowledge of the ‘Method of Loci’ that we experimented with this week.
It is a funky introduction, and it teaches you how to do it. Look out for Oprah and Queens of the Stone Age making cameo appearances.
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