The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get

Even after fifteen years in the classroom, the thing that causes me most grief, the thing that results in more sleepless nights than anything else is behaviour management. It’s the thing that new teachers ask most about and struggle with … Continue Reading →

Caring About Every Writer – the weaker ones need us most

Without a doubt the greatest discovery I’ve made in the last year or two is that feedback through the marking of written work is the most effective teaching tool I have. The connections that I’ve made with students, their awareness … Continue Reading →

Work Hard, Be Nice. Whatever Happens.

  I’ve thought long and hard about whether I’d write anything about this week’s referendum vote but decided, as much to clarify my own thoughts as anything else, that I would. We’ve been asked – correctly I think – not … Continue Reading →

Unlocking the World of Reading

  The library in our school is an amazing place. It has huge windows from floor to ceiling, welcoming light and space for classes to spread out and read. There is a study corner with computers; another corner with study … Continue Reading →

The Worst Paperboy Ever

  Nothing to do with teaching this one, but here you go. It is a struggle to delve back and remember this but in another life I was the worst paper boy the world has ever known. I came to … Continue Reading →

Building Up to a Comprehensive Guide

  On a bookshelf, at the bottom of one of my bookcases, I have a three volume collection called ‘Football Handbook’. It’s not a particularly attractive set: green laminate plastic with ‘Football Handbook’ garishly splashed down the spines – but … Continue Reading →

Reading and the Strange Comfort of Repetition

  There is something strangely comforting about repetition. I write that while sitting in a house we’ve rented every summer for the last three years. I look out at the same view every morning. Nothing about the place changes. The chairs, … Continue Reading →

Sharing Our Reading Lives

  “The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.” ― Gloria Steinem Undoubtedly, we waste  lot of our time and money in Education paying for and implementing strategies and beliefs that we think should work. … Continue Reading →

Is There a Matthew Effect for Teachers?

  Most teachers I know are working themselves into the ground. Under difficult circumstances they commit themselves fully to the children in their charge and balance this with full lives outside school. They have suffered for years from poor CPD … Continue Reading →

Changing. One Step At a Time.

  I have for some time held the belief that CPD needs to be transformed if we are to change anything in Education. The top down delivery movement has had its day. My involvement with Pedagoo over the last three … Continue Reading →

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