Year: 2012


Learning to be a…

Learning to be a… better English teacher. This is, and will continue to be, an on-going task. In getting ready for starting at The Wellington Academy, I found some scribbled notes and a post it. The notes were from a CPD session using the ASCL lesson observation DVDs. The post it note, well that could have come from almost…
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31 Dec ’12 1

36 years in teaching

This post has been brewing for almost a week now. We broke up Friday afternoon, travelled home to Eastbourne and the comforts of a Travel Lodge family room that evening. We attended my sisters wedding, delivered presents, visited friends and returned home exhausted on Sunday evening, complete with two young children completely wacked out of…
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29 Dec ’12 2

New challenge

Back in Sept I accepted a new role at The Wellington Academy as Vice Principal, to lead on Teaching and Learning. As I openly use social media in my teaching, I did not updated any of my profile settings or bio’s as I didn’t want to erode any of the trust I was having to work so hard to earn from…
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20 Dec ’12 4

Cartoon objectives

This is a small gift for a highly respected colleague, new to the profession, who is always looking to innovate and challenge his students. It has been a while since I asked students to use cartoons to demonstrate their understanding and it’s a shame. The task is fun, creative and challenging and it is not…
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20 Dec ’12 0

Question rations

Hi Krisitan, I am currently putting something together about questioning in the classroom for all staff…. the other day in the library, I saw you use a technique where they were only allowed to ask 2 questions all lesson. Would you be able to sum it up in a few words about how to use…
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18 Dec ’12 2

Get ‘em thinking #2

5 more questions to start your lessons this week. Why is it that when someone tells you that there’s billions of stars in the universe, you believe them. But if they tell you there’s ‘wet paint’ you just have to touch it? When cheese gets its picture taken, what does it say? Why isn’t the…
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17 Dec ’12 2