Beyond explores the toxicity of the catch-up narrative for GCSE and A Level, taking a closer look at how this kind of language can be harmful to students. Continue reading The Catch-up Narrative: What Not to Say During the Classroom Return
Most teachers approach spelling, punctuation and grammar with feelings of dread: it’s one of those areas which it can be difficult to liven up. Students view it as dry and unnecessary. But it is possible to teach fun SPaG lessons. … Continue reading The Eight Most Infuriating SPaG Errors
A happy classroom is a productive one – not exactly rocket science, is it? Yet the drive to achieve results compatible with a career in rocket science means that happiness becomes an afterthought; despite increased awareness of mental health and … Continue reading Six Steps to Student Happiness
Ofsted have an unerring knack of making us feel inadequate. My introduction to this came earlier than most. It came before I was a teacher. Before I’d even thought about becoming a teacher. Fresh out of university, it turned out I didn’t have the world at my feet. Instead, to supplement my limited workplace experience of checkout scanning and pint-pulling, I registered with a temping agency who sent me on a number of instructive assignments. The first was performing admin duties at the Serious Fraud Office where, perhaps unsurprisingly, temp staff weren’t included in briefings. Next came a stint at … Continue reading Speaking School: It’s Like Learning Another Language
We all have our weaknesses. I frequently tell myself that nobody’s perfect. Even Mother Teresa probably had an off-day or two. So, in the spirit of openness, here’s a list of what I get wrong – a lot: I am … Continue reading What the @~#*?
Content writer Katrina is a big fan of language. Just don’t mention ‘moist’. I’ve recently been reading a best-seller dedicated to giving a larger audience to some of the greatest correspondence in history. The author of the book, and the blog it derives from, isn’t elitist. He gives equal page space to letters from famous authors and presidents, school teachers and teenagers. One of my favourites from the first collection is a letter written by an ex-copywriter who quit his job in advertising with the dream of being a screenwriter. His covering introduction for the job at MGM is actually … Continue reading Which Words Do You Love to Hate and Love to Love?