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An Insult For All Seasons… (Updated) Thou mangled dizzy-eyed measle!

We live in cantankerous times and the moral turpitude of our age leaves us short of effective insults. This can lead to the slovenly use of the usual profanities. Never … Continue reading

October 30, 2020 · Leave a comment

Back to School 2020: How Bitesize are supporting children, parents and teachers | BBC Bitesize

Here’s what BBC Bitesize doing to support teachers, parents and students in the new school year. The school experience may be very different this time, with staggered school days, year … Continue reading

September 25, 2020 · Leave a comment

Pobble!

I came across a new website which looks to turbocharge the teaching of English. I liked what I found and thought you might find it useful too. Pobble supports your teaching. … Continue reading

September 24, 2018 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Reading Escapes

August 7, 2018 · Leave a comment

A Picture of Language: The Fading Art of Diagramming Sentences | NPR

Once a popular way to teach grammar, the practice of diagramming sentences has fallen out of favor. When you think about a sentence, you usually think about words — not … Continue reading

June 6, 2018 · Leave a comment

Learning to speak Shakespeare like the actors do | BBC News

Between them Stacey, 14, and Maleeha, 13, speak six languages – now they both speak Shakespeare as well. That’s just as well, as the work of the 16th Century dramatist … Continue reading

May 6, 2018 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Refugees – the way you see it…

February 1, 2018 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Storytime

November 7, 2017 · Leave a comment

Getting Students Writing

An excellent report from John MacCarthy on igniting the passions of students through creative writing assignments… A teacher taught a lesson on telling a Six-Word Story. There are websites that … Continue reading

August 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

An Insult For All Seasons…

We live in cantankerous times and the moral turpitude of our age leaves us short of effective insults. This can lead to the slovenly use of the usual profanities. Never … Continue reading

January 19, 2017 · 1 Comment

Building Sentences – A Structured Approach

Having students understand the impact of their words is fundamental to enabling them to become great communicators. By deconstructing the task you can rebuild powerful sentences that achieve their purpose. … Continue reading

December 23, 2016 · 1 Comment

The Genesis of the English Language

It is often stated, by even native speakers, that the English language is incredibly difficult to learn. That is hardly surprising given its complicated lineage. This series of maps outlines … Continue reading

November 18, 2016 · 1 Comment

A quarter of pupils ‘write only for school’ | BBC News

A quarter of eight- to 18-year-olds rarely or never write something that is not for school, a report says. Just one child in five told a survey for the National … Continue reading

November 7, 2016 · 1 Comment

Thousands of courses to be scrapped in vocational shake-up | BBC News

Some 20,000 vocational courses are to be scrapped and replaced with 15 new qualifications for teenagers in England under new government plans. Sixteen-year-olds will have to choose between academic and … Continue reading

July 10, 2016 · 1 Comment

Learning Resources on YouTube

Some great learning resources on YouTube, courtesy of our friends at Educational  Technology and Mobile Learning. All the links provided below will open in a new window.   Categoryscien YouTube Channels … Continue reading

March 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

Four Basic Writing Principles You Can Use in Everyday Life

Writing starts way before you put letters to a page. It involves processes like critical thinking, communication, and creativity. Even if writing feels like pulling teeth, you can apply the … Continue reading

February 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

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