Putting theory into practice

I love a good teaching and learning book, as anyone who has popped into my classroom or tried to find something on my desk can attest. I also really enjoy attending research conferences (I’m speaking at ResearchEd Durrington this weekend and ResearchEd national conference in London in the Autumn) and find leafing through a research…

Step into their skin…

One of the (many) reasons I love teaching English – in particular, literature – is because it’s all about (to use the vernacular) ‘the feels’. To me, literature IS humanity; it’s sex and drugs and rock and roll – well, at A level it is. Seriously, engaging with literature requires oodles of empathy. To paraphrase…

Simply Teaching

On a blustery autumnal morning, I reached my desk in my classroom, switched on my computer, opened my first PowerPoint presentation for the first lesson of the day and pressed the ‘on’ button on my projector. Nothing happened. That trusty piece of equipment that on a daily (hourly!) basis projected my entire lesson for students,…