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!

Monster Masterchef

Excuse the anecdotal nature of this post but as yet I’m not sure how else to present it! For those of you who were at #PedagooLondon don’t actually search for me via ‘Jenny’ on Google…God knows what you’ll get! So… Monster Masterchef is a short term project which was undertaken by my year 8s last…

Significant and legitimate silence

I learnt early on last year to use the word silence, over the word quiet, when I wanted just that. No confusion there: “Silence please” (pleadingly).  Job done.  However, alongside my requirement for silence to give instruction, general knowledge, facts about me or more importantly before I let them leave my humble abode I have often…

Loving Literacy

I have decided I love literacy. Which, I suppose, is a useful trait as an English teacher. Yet I have recently realised this love comes from the fact that I’m not entirely (or even partially) at one with the rules of English grammar. I am not a brilliant speller, I have only a basic knowledge of English…

Meeting in the forest and FAQs

This week I had the opportunity to pop along to TeachMeet Brock. Another great event where people who quite like what they do rock up to try and do somethings better. In my minute experience TeachMeets are usually full of people who don’t want to stop learning. It is the belief, which is so generously…