Category: English


15 to win

Nearly 10 years ago my recaps starter involved 16 numbers cards, stuck to the whiteboard with blue tac. Underneath, drawn on the whiteboard, 9 Qs or questions, 3 stars, 4 blank spaces. Back in the day the students pulled off a card to reveal a Q, a star or a blank. Each question, correctly answered, are worth 1…
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15 Apr ’13 0

Marked improvement

This is not the time to be reflecting on a weekends marking however, just as I am checking out and about to power down, @dandesignthink posts this insightful image on Twitter. If you have not come across Dan’s graphic design, do check it out. Stunning, bespoke (or personalised) and reasonably priced. Note the absence of a…
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3 Mar ’13 0

Getting started, creatively

Writing is never a chore when students get to be creative. I wish that were true, for some students creative writing is the most daunting prospect on the planet. It is however a great task to set if you want students to learn how to get unstuck. Over at Ozge Karaoglu’s blog I read about…
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7 Feb ’13 0

English efforts

Three useful resources for English colleagues. English teachers, this is handy: RT @shfarnsworth: “Ten Things Good Writers Do” #EngChat  Plus a fantastic collection of images from David Terron (@daveterron) A0 posters no less.  

14 Dec ’12 0

English Radar

The SSAT English radar is an electronic newsletter, distributed to the SSAT’s English network, approximately 3000 Heads of English and teachers of English, as well as senior leaders, across England. It focuses on the successful leadership and management of an English department, as well as classroom pedagogy. The newsletter includes stories from schools, teaching tips and…
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19 Nov ’12 0

Attendance Black Ops to writing opiate

Anyone else missing a few students from class this week? Year 10 and 11 boys in particular, as of November 13th? Can we expect some bleary eyed teenagers to return to class next week? [blackbirdpie url=”″] Let use the dollar figures shall we, they are higher. And higher here, is more definitely better. Call of Duty Black Ops 2 earned a staggering $500…
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17 Nov ’12 0