No matter how much information we have sometimes it is hard to get into a good writing routine. So this week I am taking the plunge and have signed up for a 7 day blogging challenge. Darren Rouse over at ProBlogger is running this. I like Darren, he is an Aussie guy who lives in Melbourne like me. Darren was one of the early embracers of the online world and … Read More
Nothing is more surely designed to drown any flickering student interest in a book than chapter questions. Honestly, if there is a good reason why we still do this it is beyond my comprehension. And this is the point isn’t it? Comprehension. I have always loved to read, and it is no secret that English was my favourite subject at school. Not much has changed really. I still love to … Read More
I remember many years ago reading a Peanuts cartoon where Lucy was trying to get someone to learn their numbers. I have searched but can’t find the cartoon so you will just need to take my word for it. Finally Lucy raised her arms in frustration and pointed out that if they didn’t learn their numbers how were they going to use the telephone. Of all the Peanuts I have … Read More
When it comes to text books for many subjects, hire-book schemes can be really helpful. Many of these books are expensive to buy and as they are used year after year it makes sense to ensure that all students have access. However I think they are deadly for English classes. Here are some of the reasons. Good English teachers do not teach from ‘text-books’ as such. They teach from texts. … Read More
This is always a strange time of year for me. Colleagues in the Northern hemisphere are in the process of winding down and preparing for their long break, while down here in the Southern regions teachers are up to their eyeballs in the busiest time of their year. Emails, FB posts and Tweets can leave my head spinning as I try to work out which messages come from where. You … Read More
Classroom management has been at the top of PD lists and topics for educational publications for the last couple of decades. An unconscionable number of trees have been sacrificed to provide manuals and workshop handouts, while at the same time entire languages of buzz-words have populated programs to teach teachers how to ‘manage’ their classrooms. It is time to fess up to the fact that we are simply on the … Read More
I was reading Frederick Buechner this morning and he was talking about Art. All Art, not just the visual. As an author, he was talking most about literature and its ability to take a simple event or action and frame it in such a way that we actually notice it. The main example he used was the Japanese haiku by Basho about the frog.
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