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Fame at last!

It was a bit of a shock when I checked my phone at lunchtime on Wednesday, to find I had emails about my blog, a WordPress notification about a spike in stats, and a few dozen notifications from Twitter. I … Continue reading

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Tough reading

I have a pet hate about difficult readings in class. It is hearing teachers say, “Well that’s great, but my class would never cope with a reading that difficult”. Clearly I understand that context is all and tailoring a reading … Continue reading

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Autumn Wins

I have really enjoyed reading a broad variety of #nurture1314 blogs over the holiday. I intended to write one for myself, but I find it difficult to consider the new year as a turning point at work. I like to … Continue reading

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Learning on the Loo

I mentioned in my to-do list for this year that Learning on the Loo was something I really wanted to get off the ground, since it was on my to-do list last year and I never got round to it. … Continue reading

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Reflection: Studying as an Adult

This Friday saw the culmination of two years’ worth of Friday afterschool lessons, as I sat the Geology GCSE exam with another member of staff, Jonty, and about 20 year 10 students. The course was run by Tom, the Head … Continue reading

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This week’s wins #5

1. Wider reading with Y10 I mentioned in wins #4 that I was intending to use extracts from the Prairie Traveler with my year 10s; this happened over a week ago now, turned out to be very successful. I was … Continue reading

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This week’s wins #4

Week 4. Traditionally a week thin on the ground with wins. The kids are starting to tire and it’s dark when I get up. Added to this, the week was bookended by miserable weather which led to the annual sponsored … Continue reading

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This week’s wins #3

1. Creativity Learning Community Post-Ofsted, we are all part of different learning communities. I picked one on creativity. People think I’m already creative, but they don’t know about all those lessons involving a worksheet, a text book and 15 minutes … Continue reading

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This week’s wins #2

1. TG Blog They were a bit slow to contribute to start with, but in the end we actually ran out of time as so many of them wanted to say something. I think it will be really nice for … Continue reading

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This week’s wins #1

1. Y8 non-writing lesson: school tour We start year 8 with a chronological unit that examines art over time; a key skill with this is drawing inferences. So, we tour the school site, which has buildings ranging in age from … Continue reading

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