How and why I help my students to learn quotations

‘a quotation is a handy thing to have about, saving one the trouble of thinking for oneself, always a laborious business.’ A.A. Milne I’ve always been rather envious of those who can effortlessly pull out a quotation to match a given situation or circumstance. As an English teacher, it is useful to have an aptContinue reading “How and why I help my students to learn quotations”

Teaching problems and the problems of teaching them – lesson #1

   ‘Do you think they’re true, all those things they say about B – Mr Arthur?’   ‘What things?’   I told her.   ‘That is three-fourths coloured folks and one-fourth Stephanie Crawford,’ said Miss Maudie grimly.                                    Continue reading “Teaching problems and the problems of teaching them – lesson #1”

Prospero’s knowledge: magic or curse?

‘Real learning requires stepping into the unknown, which initiates a rupture in knowing’. Leslie Schwartzman The pursuit of knowledge I have been thinking a lot about The Tempest recently. Preparing two A2 classes for their imminent exams means I have been immersed in the ideas and characters in this late Shakespeare play. At the sameContinue reading “Prospero’s knowledge: magic or curse?”

Worksheet 2.0: learning concepts, deliberate practice and desirable difficulty

If you had told me a few years ago I would be extoling the virtues of worksheets via the public medium of a blog post, I would have thought you were barking mad. Early in my teaching I had been encouraged to see worksheets as a bit of a remnant from the teaching Dark AgesContinue reading “Worksheet 2.0: learning concepts, deliberate practice and desirable difficulty”

The Elements of Language: what we are using in place of levels

In my last post I blogged about our department’s plans for a new KS3 English curriculum, which we are looking to phase in gradually starting this coming September. This curriculum change is part of a wider set of reforms, in part a response to the shifting national picture, but in the main the result ofContinue reading “The Elements of Language: what we are using in place of levels”