Vocabulary: bountiful, not barbarous.

Quickly skim read the following: “I am persuaded that this is a righteous judgement of God on these barbarous wretches, who have imbrued their hands with so much innocent blood; and that it will tend to prevent the effusion of blood for the future, which are satisfactory grounds for such action which cannot otherwise but…

What makes effective learning?

We have spent a lot of time this year looking at what makes effective teaching. This is certainly something we have embraced in the Geography department with us often asking the question “Is this an effective and efficient way to do this? Is there another way?”. When it comes to learning, there is always a…

Life in Squares

  I’m a massive social media geek. Whilst I’m actually pretty bored of Facebook and – as a teacher – pretty terrified of its shifting privacy settings which have sometimes escaped my attention (CHECK REGULARLY, PEOPLE!) I can’t quite leave it in case I miss out on a birth announcement/charity campaign of interest/member of my…

Be their shining light

I wish we could dispel the myth that all it takes to be a good teacher is knowledge. You only have to watch five minutes of Jamie’s Dream School to see how ridiculous this assumption is. Teaching is a hard job! I’ve lost count of the number of times a trainee has said to me…

Our Finest Hour

Warning: this blog contains more than one Churchill quote. The start of the half term holiday saw myself and a few colleagues with 34 Year 10 students on a residential trip in Normandy, exploring sites linked to William the Conqueror. We also made an obligatory visit to one of the D Day museums in Arromanches…

Tapping the Well

I wrote this a few weeks ago while thinking about the role that our own subject knowledge plays in our classrooms.  There has been much discussion on EduTwitter and on teaching blogs about the need for a knowledge based curriculum. A lot of this seems to be coming from either those with an English teaching…