Remember Why You Love Teaching

I’m a sucker for a craze. Unless it’s flossing, which I think is distinctly overrated. But the current fad for decluttering, made so popular by Marie Kondo, has infected me. I love the concept of only keeping things if they still spark joy. It feels so cleansing. Inspired, I decided I will declutter my house; I’ll start at the top, and work down. And so, one afternoon, I find myself climbing up into my loft, braving the spiders and the cobwebs and the gross thing in the corner which is probably just a dust bunny but in my imagination is … Continue reading Remember Why You Love Teaching

The Value of ‘Said’

In learning, certain things have value don’t they? Maths is full of them. 3.14 for example – That’s the value of pi. I know that one. But when we look at English, how do we value words? Are there some words and phrases that are intrinsically more useful than others? What for example is the value of the word ‘said’ in writing? If my son’s primary school teachers are to be believed there isn’t any. It may be one of the top 100 words used in the English language but its value in writing is negated greatly when it comes … Continue reading The Value of ‘Said’

Video Blog: Misconceptions in Maths – Negative Numbers

With the complicated concepts that maths teachers have to work with it is sometimes so easy to fall into the trap of perpetuating a student misconception. Sometimes misunderstandings are directly caused by the things we say or the way we present ideas. Sarah Garry considers how we can address these issues and prevent further confusion. In the first in a series on maths misconceptions Sarah addresses all things negative numbers. Follow-up Consolidate pupils’ negative numbers understanding with this Colour by Numbers worksheet. (Find more info on using Colour by Numbers in the secondary classroom here.) Sign up for a free … Continue reading Video Blog: Misconceptions in Maths – Negative Numbers

Gothic Fiction and Why I Love It

Sam Turton talks us through her favourite genre. How It All Started My name is Sam and I’m a Gothic addict. Sign me up to Hotel Transylvania right now! When I first decided to study English at university, I never dreamt that I would get to study a whole module on Gothic fiction. I was in my element! We read Horace Walpole’s The Castle of Otranto, Ann Radcliffe’s The Mysteries of Udolpho, Sheridan le Fanu’s Carmilla, Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire and many others. My essay for the unit focussed on Rice’s novel compared with Stoker’s Dracula and the … Continue reading Gothic Fiction and Why I Love It

KS3 Science: An Insight into Our Electricity Unit of Work

In this blog Claire Brown, science teacher extraordinaire and one of our science content writers, provides a background to some of her favourite resources. How long does it take for one teacher to plan an outstanding lesson? Well here’s a little sneak peek into the production process that is hidden behind the doors at Twinkl HQ. The production process is incredibly rigorous to ensure that the best quality science products are provided for teachers, teaching assistants and parents alike. A single resource pack could take a content writer up to 15 hours to make and that is before it has … Continue reading KS3 Science: An Insight into Our Electricity Unit of Work

Encourage flipped learning in your AQA GCSE science classes

In this blog, our content writer Fiona breaks down her process for writing a “student-led” booklet for Ecology and tantalises us with talk of more to come! Fiona has been teaching for 9 years. She loves finding innovative and exciting ways to engage and inspire students in science, helping them to see the real-world applications of their learning. How do I find the time?! Let’s be honest, there are not enough hours in the day or lessons in a week to fit all that AQA biology specification content in all the detail you want to. And no matter how meticulously … Continue reading Encourage flipped learning in your AQA GCSE science classes

Need maths worksheets? Check out our Maths Activity Mats!

Content writer Charlotte talks us through the process of creating Maths Activity Mats and explains how to best use them in the classroom. Who Am I? I’m Charlotte and have been working with Twinkl Secondary for two years. I worked in schools for 10 years as a Maths Teacher then Head of Department and am now a School Governor and Private Tutor as well as being at Twinkl. I began work on Activity Mats a year and a half ago and since then they’ve grown and grown, with all of the Secondary Maths Team having input into their creation. What’s Great About … Continue reading Need maths worksheets? Check out our Maths Activity Mats!