Teachers don't need their status raised in the eyes of the public. Telling people that you're a teacher, especially one who works in a secondary school, generally garners immediate respect. People will tell you that you're brave, and how they … Read More
If you haven't been reading @redorgreenpen's penetrating "7 kids in 7 days" blog, then you've missed out. By describing in searching detail the behaviours of seven students, anonymous blogger redorgreenpen gives the most authentic descriptions of challenging students' lives I have read … Read More
I recently wrote a piece called "Why I Learn" to inspire pupils at Greenwich Free School. You can find out what they thought of the piece here.
Partly the piece was inspired by a commencement speech given by David Foster Wallace. … Read More
The topic of this month's #blogsync is "Progress in my classroom? How is it made and how I know it?" This post doesn't really tackle the philosophy of progress but I am going to give my best tip for ensuring you … Read More
In a recent email chain with the ever-thoughtful Harry Fletcher-Wood he asked me to write something short, building on a comment I'd made on Twitter, about why I believed in education. First I pointed him to David Foster Wallace's speech about education, … Read More
Tonight on Twitter, Tessa Matthews, of the incisive blog Tabula Rasa Education wrote:
Now, given that learning styles have been 'debunked' I sympathise with the viewpoint. There's simply no evidence that students only learn while moving, singing, running, jumping, etc. HOWEVER! I, unlike most teachers, was not … Read More
“Nobody said it was easy, but no-one ever said it would be this hard” - Coldplay
On my fourth day as a teacher I was assaulted by a pupil who came back after school to attack me. A few months later … Read More
I got zero on a maths test this week. Zero. On a maths test. I'm good at maths, and I've never got zero on anything in my life.
Afterwards I was shell-shocked for about fifteen minutes. The tests are given at the … Read More
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Carl Wilson so hates Celine Dion that he begins his book by arguing she is "bland monotony raised to a pitch of obnoxious bombast”. Harsh. Given his burning dislike, when he's subsequently requested to write a … Read More
In Thursday's Parliamentary Written Questions, information was released about the GCSE results of pupils who attend mainstream state-funded schools, have no special educational needs and are eligible for free schools. In essence: "poor kids".
The results were broken down by ethnicity … Read More