There are plenty of things that I don’t like about my office. I don’t like the fact that my swivel chair collapses on itself at unexpected moments, sending me juddering to the ground. I don’t like how my pens all disappear (though I know it is from me absent-mindedly leaving them all over the place). […]Read more "Shelf Life"
This year I will mostly be thinking about anecdotes. I find them fascinating; the way in which anecdotes are created and shared, the ability some people have to tell a good story, and the ways in which anecdotes and shared stories contribute towards happy social setups. This could be about kids in a classroom, about […]Read more "The Personal Stories of a Few Random Words"
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."
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"