Crisps, Cereal and the Curriculum

To start, I’m going to indulge myself with a trip down memory lane. I’m in HG3, a particularly cold classroom, we’ve got Mr Gordon for AS English Language, and we’re doing the crisp packet lesson. Over 10 years on and I can still vividly remember the day I dissected the packaging of these pleasingly shaped…

What’s the best way to teach vocabulary?

I don’t think it’s controversial to say that being able to read, understand and write words is incredibly important to every child’s education. It might even be so plainly obvious as to not merit questioning. The more words my students can read and understand, the more complex and challenging texts they can acess. The more…

Marking: Experiments and Adventures.

Marking has a certain quality about it, whereby however much you do, there always seems to be some left. For me, it’s a project never finished. There’s always another set of books, a few scraps of homework, some mock exam questions that I could be marking. There’s even marking in this room, neglected, making each…