Category Archives: Engagement

The Pause, The Look, and The Deadly Eyebrow

One of the odd things about being a teacher is that your teaching behaviours can begin to bleed over into your home life. You act a lot at work so you find yourself doing it when you’re not being paid … Continue reading

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Clap Along

“Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof Clap along if you know that happiness is the truth” Pharrell Williams When Michael Wilshaw appeared at the Education Select Committee this week, he said various things guaranteed to … Continue reading

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Because You Have To

This half term we built a two metre high guinea pig run. (No, we don’t have 2 metre high guinea pigs, we just couldn’t stand upright in the old run.) I am below National Standards in DIY, but we had … Continue reading

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To learn something, you have to focus on it. You have to engage your eyes, your fingers, your body, your mind. You have to get on and do it. Young children engage instinctively, with the right encouragement. They play, explore … Continue reading

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