Category Archives: Teaching

The Power

“Just give me, give me, give me the power And I’ll make them bleed” Suede I’m a big fan of silence in classrooms for when teachers are teaching, when children are writing, or when a student is addressing the whole … Continue reading

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People don’t tend to come into teaching for the money. At a pinch, they might come into it for the holidays, but mostly they have higher motives. They want to make a difference for the children in their care, inspire … Continue reading

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The Myth of the Super Teacher

In the first two decades of the Twenty First Century, a myth arose. Later, it came to be known as The Myth of the Super Teacher. The first seeds of the myth were sown when everyone started comparing everyone and … Continue reading

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When I listen to music, the music tells me what movements I would need to make, in order to scribe it into dance. Music can also turn into art or writing, but the best fit is dance. When we translate … Continue reading

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Schtop May King Senz

My kids learned to read just as phonics schemes began to be pushed by the Government. The oldest did it via Jolly Phonics and the Oxford Reading Tree; the youngest via Read Write Inc and the same Oxford Reading Tree … Continue reading

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The Magic Number

When I taught primary, within the first week of teaching a class, I would have spent around 25 hours with the same 30 children. By the end of the week, I would know all the children’s names, and would have … Continue reading

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Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Progressive?

In recent months, I have been growing increasingly concerned about what the Big Bad Progressive (BBP) has been up to. I have heard via the blogosphere that the BBP has ripped all the tradition out of schools, prioritised stories over … Continue reading

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The How and The Who

The thing about teaching is that anyone can do it. People do it all the time. This is not to say that anyone should be able to do it in schools; for that you need specialised training. But if you … Continue reading

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Doing It for Themselves

As a writer, you have to be creative. To be creative, you have to do two things: 1) Splash out lots of ideas; 2) Throw away all the ones that don’t work. To succeed at No.1 you must be willing … Continue reading

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