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."
Featured on the Scholastic Blog In lots of schools (and here is a cause to rejoice!) there is a renewed energy around the power of reading, and the benefits that can come about from children developing a real ‘love of reading’. The idea that books are a good thing for children is hardly revolutionary, but […]Read more "Empathy, imagination and children’s stories"
Can I Build Another Me? – Shinsuke Yoshitake I cannot remember exactly who first mentioned this book on Twitter a few years ago, but to whoever it was, I am eternally grateful. This esoteric little book is a brilliant one to share, it is visually arresting and is such a great book to teach with. […]Read more "Teaching with: Can I Build Another Me?"
Earworm of the Year https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/0ZFC7e6D9pMfy7poMNNWSg This quirky album sees Peter Gregson reimagine Prokofiev. The ‘Jerk Driver’ tune has been in my head for an alarming amount of time. Book of the Year I read this a lot earlier in the year but it was so well-written, poignant and sad, it has stayed with me all year. Aravind Adiga […]Read more "2017 Stuff of the Year Awards"
2017 eh? Well the things I wanted to do this year were to find a new job, to do more community stuff in Newham, to develop my creative writing and to GIF hard. I changed jobs in April, leaving my much loved first school to go to another one nearby. I’ve stepped up to being […]Read more "As 2017 becomes 2018"
When I gathered my little bundle of gifts together at the end of the term, whilst I am grateful for the sentiment behind them and the kindness this reflects, I am more bothered about the cards. With regards the cards, if it just says ‘Thanks for teaching me’ or ‘World’s best teacher evahhhh’, I’ll smile […]Read more "Make kids choose books even though everything thing else is easier and also good."
I have been an Assistant Headteacher for a term now. I left my first school at Easter and this new job is a step up and a step out of the comfort zone. I haven’t felt very able to write about it as I have been so immersed in doing it. I cannot believe it […]Read more "On one term as a senior leader"