My year 11s are feeling the pressure. Seven hours of English exams. Four different exams. Extract questions, whole text questions, context, comparisons, evaluations, poetry, memorisation, the Russian Revolution, and their eyes start wandering about like my sanity at this point: it's manic, exhausting and it makes me wonder why I do it to myself. … Continue reading Why Don’t Students Like English?
How does one teach transactional writing effectively? Teach the knowledge. Check. Teach the techniques. Check. Teach them again. Formatively assess constantly. Ensure students have at least a shallow knowledge of how to create effective pieces of writing, depending on purpose, audience and format. But then what? How does one get students to effectively put everything … Continue reading Teaching Transactional Writing: Taking Chances in the Classroom?
I teach a double year 11 class on Friday mornings. Friday morning, after a week of a Monday meeting, an extra cover lesson, two 1:1 meetings, a learning walk, a drop in, PP analysis, assessment marking, a parent meeting, a before school Wednesday meeting, a year 8 open evening followed by an after school cpd … Continue reading Work work work work work…
On February 3, Daisy Christodoulou's new book, "Making Good Progress?" came out. On February 4, out of my continued desperation to improve my students' skills, and out of an increasing curiosity with alternative modes of educating youth in the UK, and perhaps even because I'm just a little bit more hopeful about teaching than I … Continue reading On making real progress