There is no beginning. We saw Lewis laid down, when there was not much but thunder and volcanic fires; watched long seas plunder faults; laughed as Staffa cooled… (From ‘Slate’ by Edwin Morgan) My National 5 class are working on … Continue Reading →
I apologise if I’m going over old ground here but this does make me very cross indeed. The topic of personal reading in English class is one I’ve written about many times before and it always amazes me that some … Continue Reading →
I reread ‘The Catcher in the Rye’ for the umpteenth time recently. I teach the novel to senior pupils -16/17 year-olds – but still read it for pleasure just the same. And it never fails to hit the mark. Thirty-odd … Continue Reading →
It is probably true that, on occasion, we get carried away with ourselves a bit on Twitter. We have discovered a world here which does not exist for us anywhere else, a sort of Second Life for teaching. Because many … Continue Reading →
We could argue all day about whether things are harder for school kids today than they were for us, whatever generation from which we might be spawned. In my day, I was vomited out of the end of school with … Continue Reading →
I grew up in an era where, as children, we were forced to face up to our futures, every Thursday night. Perhaps that is an exaggeration but ‘Tomorrow’s World’, a half hour show which introduced the inventions of the next … Continue Reading →
There might well be a case to say that the implementation of new National courses in Scotland has been haphazard, not to say bungled. There may well be a case to say that the new courses bear no resemblance to … Continue Reading →
It wasn’t a bad lesson overall but all I can hear in my head was the exaggerated whisper, ‘this is boring’. On the surface everything seemed to go to plan; most of the pupils seems to get what I was … Continue Reading →
One of the most pleasing parts of my current job is seeing the standard of new teachers coming through. More so than ever, in English anyway, I see more committed, enthusiastic student teachers who see the job as a lifelong … Continue Reading →
Amongst all the reflection and positive vibes kicking around at this time of year there must come a point when I take stock of the real issue. As a teacher, the only question I need to ask myself is, ‘Am … Continue Reading →
I'm an English teacher at a Secondary School in Scotland. I've been teaching for fourteen years and only now beginning to feel reasonably competent. I love learning, reading about others learning and continually trying to improve.
I live in Glasgow and have a season ticket for Partick Thistle. Please don't laugh, and if you don't know who Partick Thistle are they are the sleeping giants of Scottish Football. Been sleeping for a long time mind you. Getting slightly concerned. I'm just learning along the way, just trying to be better than I was yesterday.