Changing the Subject: Grammar and Descriptive Writing

The context Coursework time is here, and I’ve just embarked on a descriptive writing piece with my year 11 class. In total, they’ll produce three pieces of writing, the aim being to demonstrate they can adapt and shape their writing to suit a variety of styles and purposes. The descriptive writing piece is perhaps the…

Quick Wins: A questioning post for @NSLHub

Why? Does anyone else find that every time they think of a brilliant, challenging, barnstorming question, their classroom suddenly resembles this image? No? Me neither. Too often I’ve found that after asking a question, I wasn’t placing a high enough demand on all of the class to consider it. I also noticed that, on occasion,…

Influence: A pledge

The caption accompanying this image has become an important part of my school’s ethos over the past two years. It appears in assemblies, on the website, and is a consistent message given to students. What I like most about the message is that it forces students to think about their autonomy – that they are…