Place “Only” Anywhere In This Sentence

Originally posted on 101 Books:
English is a wacky language. Just ask my 4 year old, who recently corrected me for saying that he “bought lunch.” He said, “No Daddy, I buyeded lunch.” You’re right son, you buyeded that pizza. Anyway, English has a lot of strange quirks. Here’s one.   Place an emphasis on the…

A Rounded Approach to Progress

This post is to say a big thank you to @Laura_suths for sharing and caring and to explain some of the things I have done to try and create a rounded approach to accelerating and improving progress for lower ability students. I teach a group of very lovely students – whose ability is currently lower than…

Teaching and Learning Takeover ebook and 2014!

Why am I writing this now you ask? Well because it’s nearing TLT2014 I answer… Teaching and Learning Takeover (TLT) is the title of a teaching and learning conference which took place on the South coast in October 2013. It was free to attend and open to around 180 teachers – the entire day was held at the University of Southampton….

Challenging times

The title of this post may sound rather negative but it really isn’t negative at all. I’ve toyed with the idea of deleting the blog because frankly I’ve no idea how people have time to write all the time and I certainly don’t! So instead of beginning to fall in to the trap of continual moaning (as…

Nurture 2013-2014

Apparently these posts are all the rage and I think they’re a good way to reflect on the year and make some promises for next year. Fingers crossed I stick to them. 13 successes: 1. Running – I’m not a runner; certainly not built like one but this year I signed up to the 10…

Just Keep Swimming Tips

It’s been a while since I’ve written a post and that is largely due to the fact I haven’t had a clue what to write about. As I faff my way in to the new academic year I’ve been asked by a number of people to give both formal and informal advice about how newly…

Engaging with reflection at Teachmeet Clevedon

I haven’t posted anything on my blog for well over a month. Sincerely because I’ve not had a great deal worth writing about nor felt there was much in my current teaching worth reflecting on. Although perhaps that is unfair to me and my classes as I often believe the majority of our work should…

Mind the Gap: Building Writers

DISCLAIMER: There are a number of elements which I know will make certain people cry (and that’s ignoring the fact I’ll have made a thousand grammatical errors) in this post so I’ll give you some fairly heavy hints: 1) I refer to Hattie 2) I use the word progress. 3) We read Stone Cold by…

Pedagoo London Presentation

Me interrupting myself a lot trying to squeeze in to ten minutes something I can barely explain in an hour… Monster Masterchef explained. Ish!