Gonna read 10 sonnets | mainstreansen

Gonna read 10 sonnets | mainstreansen

A theme tends to emerge when there’s a plan to tidy the house with the family. I start a Twitter spat and the kids watch ‘just one more’ YouTube clip of LD shadow lady. By the end of the morning we’re all bleary eyed, the house looks like it’s been burgled and the dog is so desperate to go for a walk he’s got the lead in his mouth.

To my spat…

I saw a tweet advising teachers to read ten sonnets to improve their ‘mental schema’ before teaching a sonnet. 

I responded ‘don’t mean to be rude but isn’t this obvious?’ which invited some agreement from tweeters creating #statethebleedinobvious…

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We Need a New Moral Code for the Digital Age | christinethomas

We Need a New Moral Code for the Digital Age | christinethomas

 

The topic of morality in a digital age has concerned me for a while. With the climate of technology changing at such a fast pace, how do we teach our young people to follow an online, as well as a real life, moral code? Traditionally, teenagers are encouraged to be rebellious and challenge order, but the lines of morality have become so blurred, I doubt they even know where to start with their rebellion. I was listening to a discussion about the  German philosopher Kant, and it struck me that what he was advocating in the 18th Century is exactly what we need today.  We need a global moral…

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Teaching Blood Brothers? Here’s a free key quotation quiz | Nic

Teaching Blood Brothers? Here’s a free key quotation quiz | Nic

I’m all about saving time for teachers and mixing it up in the classroom. For this reason I’m creating a series of short video quizzes based on key quotations from the literature texts. I’m currently working my way through the main characters in Blood Brothers. For each character I’m creating a video quiz of key quotations which have words missing. These can be used as quick starters or plenaries.

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Why I love…Blog Series 10: Valentine by Duffy | susansenglish

Why I love…Blog Series 10: Valentine by Duffy | susansenglish

With this poem I probably can’t do it justice here, as it is such a popular poem and has been written about a lot already and I’m sure that it is an exceptionally well known poem that I’m sure almost every English teacher has taught at some point. I’ve taught this one many, many times myself and every time I find something new or interesting to say about it and I love the realism in it. Duffy doesn’t beat around the bush with romantic notions of Valentines; instead she is harsh, brutal and realistic with her depiction of love.

How do I approach this?

I’ve taught this poem in a variety of…

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Gonna read 10 sonnets | mainstreansen

Gonna read 10 sonnets | mainstreansen

A theme tends to emerge when there’s a plan to tidy the house with the family. I start a Twitter spat and the kids watch ‘just one more’ YouTube clip of LD shadow lady. By the end of the morning we’re all bleary eyed, the house looks like it’s been burgled and the dog is so desperate to go for a walk he’s got the lead in his mouth.

To my spat…

I saw a tweet advising teachers to read ten sonnets to improve their ‘mental schema’ before teaching a sonnet. 

I responded ‘don’t mean to be rude but isn’t this obvious?’ which invited some agreement from tweeters creating #statethebleedinobvious…

Continue reading at:
http://ift.tt/2yyVDm9

Why I love…Blog Series 10: Valentine by Duffy | susansenglish

Why I love…Blog Series 10: Valentine by Duffy | susansenglish

With this poem I probably can’t do it justice here, as it is such a popular poem and has been written about a lot already and I’m sure that it is an exceptionally well known poem that I’m sure almost every English teacher has taught at some point. I’ve taught this one many, many times myself and every time I find something new or interesting to say about it and I love the realism in it. Duffy doesn’t beat around the bush with romantic notions of Valentines; instead she is harsh, brutal and realistic with her depiction of love.

How do I approach this?

I’ve taught this poem in a variety of…

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The Springboard – P1, Q5 | thestableoyster

The Springboard – P1, Q5 | thestableoyster

All images in this blog are available on Google, labelled for non-commercial reuse. All examples of my students’ work have been reproduced here with my students’ express permission.

Over the past couple of years, I have seen many approaches to the AQA Paper 1, Section B. I’ve examined in various capacities – it has been a pleasure to work with other schools on this and see the ways this question is tackled. These ways have included the ‘divide it up into a grid’ approach; the annotate the picture approach; the use of acronyms approach (I’m not a fan for writing tasks) and the…

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