Got it wrong, apologised, need to do better

Not to be too hard on myself, it has been a busy and unpredictable start to the academic year. That taken into consideration, I still got it horribly wrong this week when I colleague tried to follow up an email…..



If you really want to do something, you will find a way. If you don’t, you will find an excuse. A simple line of motivation. A useable phrase to ‘test’ the students that wants to give you twenty reasons why their coursework…..

English as a practical subject

The conversation on and around David Didua’s blog helps me develop and reflect on my practice as a non-specialist English teacher. In fairness, the whole experience of teaching a third subject has been both invigorating and challenging; that’s why engaging…..


Marking books, assessments and mistakes

I have been marking this morning. Marking students work always teaches me something about my teaching, something about my students, and almost always leaves me mulling over the process and relationships involved learning and teaching. Having started the class with ‘Who…..