The Importance of Gratitude

“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.” – Epicurus  Aiming for a short but concise post: it is the end of the year after all, but nevertheless the most difficult of my career to date, […]

Reading From the Roots: WHAT, HOW, WHY?

On Saturday, I ran a workshop entitled Reading from the Roots, unpicking the nuts and bolts of reading skills and strategies in a bid to move away from technique labelling and little else beyond that. The question is: are we teaching to read our way, or providing routes for students to read their way? There […]

Musings over Michaela

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” (a wall, Michaela. Originally Aristotle!) I have deliberately waited a week to blog about my recent visit to Michaela, because there was so much to take away, but also questions that rather than remaining unanswered, had not even existed in […]

Making English More Like Maths?

I will open with an admission; I am a little bit airy fairy when it comes to teaching English. Rather than drilling with facts, I will spout on about the importance of personal interaction with a text, sing-songing my insistence to students that they need to consider how THEY feel, how THEY react to the words […]

#fiftybookchallenge 2016

Ridiculously, the easiest so far! I think I got a head start this year which saved me from a couple of months of barely getting through a page. Here we go; the full list, followed by the highlights: The Sunshine Kid by Harry Baker The Magician’s Nephew by CS Lewis The Here and Now by […]