In my experience, I have only once heard a teacher raving about a pupil’s bilingual abilities. This was some years ago now, in a school in East Yorkshire, when I was gaining work experience, and the class teacher introduced me to a 6 year old boy with a French father and an English mother. The […]Read more "Respecting Mother Tongues"
This will be a regularly updated directory of education types in Newham, with links to their Twitter handles. If you would like to be added/removed or to edit your profile, contact me via the comments section below. Information is taken from public twitter biographies, and only those individual accounts publicly announcing that they work in education […]Read more "educators of NEWHAM on twitter"
I know that almost everybody reading this will be doing so having seen it on Twitter. The audience of this post is for your colleagues, chums, overlords and underlings who haven’t yet taken the plunge into the murky cybernetic virtual waters. To be clear, I also know that any teacher already on Twitter can write […]Read more "Teachers, Use Twitter Well"
Our Beautifully Global-Minded Empathy-Fuelled Children Do you know who is an outspoken advocate of the rights of every man, woman and child? Do you know who cares deeply about the plight of every refugee? Do you know whose heart aches at the destruction of the rainforest? Do you know whose gratitude towards those who educate […]Read more "Towards a Pedagogy of Authentic Indifference"
The experience of a day-long INSET should be enough for any empathic human teacher to recognise that we ask quite a lot of pupils by demanding their unswerving attention for prolonged amounts of time. These same teachers, myself among them, who get positively prissy when a child’s attention drifts window-wards or who are caught conversing […]Read more "INSET as Coruscating Reflective Tool"
On Romford Road, I wait for the the 25 from Ilford to Oxford Street. At the front of my mind as I wait, two grim thoughts compete for attention; I think about what my student has just told me about a boy in Year 11 being stabbed in the head outside their school, and what […]Read more "An East London Odyssey"