Category Archives: Children

It’s a bit more complicated than that

It would be lovely if there was a ‘simple solution’ to behaviour in schools, and at home as well for that matter. Or at least at first glance it appears as though it would be lovely. If the kids would … Continue reading

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If you build it, they will come

Today I had the very great pleasure of presenting at the first¬†NetworkEd¬†conference. Thank you to Nancy Gedge for asking me. She built a conference, and lots of people came. It was lovely to be able to say ‘yes’ to something … Continue reading

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Say What!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

“Cut out all those exclamation marks. An exclamation mark is like laughing at your own jokes.” F. Scott Fitzgerald When I was young, I went through a phase in my writing where I used exclamation marks like they were going … Continue reading

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Tear Down the Wall

I was thirteen years old in 1979, when Pink Floyd’s double album “The Wall” came out. When my friends and I first heard “Another Brick in the Wall”, we didn’t need to ask what Pink Floyd meant by “no dark … Continue reading

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Write by Numbers

“Co-ordination is used to balance noun phrases and clauses …” “Fronted subordinate clause foregrounds …” “Relative clause modifies the noun phrase …” “Modal verbs denote ability and possibility …” (From ‘Working at the Expected Standard: Leigh’ in the¬†Teacher Assessment Exemplification … Continue reading

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The Drawing Board

If you want to develop new ideas, to be creative, you have to experiment. If you want to experiment, you have to be willing to make mistakes. Certainty is out and failure is in, because failure is what you learn … Continue reading

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Power Play

It is an axiom of teaching that teachers need to be able to control a class of students. In part, this is to do with safety – with one adult and thirty children, there have to be some boundaries. Mostly, … Continue reading

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Every Child Matters

For me it’s simple. At preschool, every child matters. We do our absolute best for every single child who wants to attend our setting or we are no kind of setting at all. Whatever your take on inclusion, I’m sure … Continue reading

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Game On

We play a lot of games in our family, especially when we’re in Portugal. We do something called Games Day, where we commit to playing a series of games as a family. Outside there is swingball, table tennis, archery and … Continue reading

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Amazingly enough

Amazingly enough, when Sophie told her teacher that she didn’t really like writing anymore, her teacher didn’t seem to mind. “I’ve got a great idea,” her teacher said, “why don’t we stop worrying so much about the sentence starters, and … Continue reading

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