For some reason, Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar can still reduce teachers to jelly – even English teachers. But why? Why is something so simple, the cause of so much stress? Continue reading Teaching SPaG: Every Teacher’s Nightmare?
Spelling, punctuation, and grammar: the sacred pillars of English. Our resident ex-English teacher Paul Brand loves SPaG so much that we might start calling him DI Brand: Detective Inspector in the Spelling Police. DI Brand’s latest case? The role of SPaG in and out of the classroom… Continue reading Sentenced by SPaG: Grappling with Misspelling
Reading students’ work and finding errors can take you to the edge of sanity. Here’s eight infuriatingly funny grammar mistakes. Continue reading Eight Infuriating and Funny Grammar Mistakes
Teaching may have changed massively over the decades, but one thing remains a constant: poor excuses for lack of homework. Here are some of the classics that have stood the test of time… and will no doubt be used for … Continue reading 5 Classic Excuses for No Homework
Teaching Standard 3 includes the following: ‘Demonstrate an understanding of and take responsibility for promoting high standards of literacy, articulacy and the correct use of Standard English, whatever their specialist subject.’ Is this really fair? With everything else you have to include in your own subject lessons, how can you be expected to include literacy standards and a focus on Standard English too? Surely that’s the job of the English department? Actually, this standard is really important. You need to be able to demonstrate your own understanding and accurate use of Standard English in a range of different ways: report … Continue reading Sneak Some Literacy Into Your Lessons