The Rules of Poetry | Xris32

The Rules of Poetry | Xris32

There was a moment this week when I was talking to a class about free verse and its benefits for poetry. During it, I had a thought. A thought about rules. How important it is to understand the rules of a particular poem? Whether a poem is free verse or not, there is still a set of rules guiding the writing. Not having rhyme is a rule. Not having a regular rhythm is a rule.
I have analysed ‘The Charge of the Light Brigade’ umpteen times and I thought I’d view it differently. I thought I’d view it from a set of rules. I started with a few rules and then things snowballed.
Rules
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This much I know about…why job satisfaction matters | johntomsett

This much I know about…why job satisfaction matters | johntomsett

I have been a teacher for 29 years, a Headteacher for 14 years and, at the age of 53, this much I know about why job satisfaction matters.

We had a visit from the DfE this week. They wanted to discuss workload. It was a challenging and, ultimately, uplifting experience. Richard and Sam from the DfE Delivery Unit were intelligent and reflective. They concluded that there is more than the hours worked metric to consider when thinking about teacher workload; just as important, they concluded, was school culture and, specifically, job satisfaction.

Job satisfaction grows from individuals…

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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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Connecting and organising knowledge in English literature | Andy Tharby

Connecting and organising knowledge in English literature | Andy Tharby

Much has been written about the value of knowledge retrieval practice in English literature – it is impossible to think critically about a text until you know it very well. However, I think it is now time to also consider how this knowledge might be connected and organised. In other words, what kinds of mental representations – or schema –should our students be building? What shape should these take for individual texts? What shape should these take for the subject  as a whole? And how do we ensure the smooth transfer of this knowledge to the extended essay format which is favoured by…

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Connecting and organising knowledge in English literature | Andy Tharby

Connecting and organising knowledge in English literature | Andy Tharby

Much has been written about the value of knowledge retrieval practice in English literature – it is impossible to think critically about a text until you know it very well. However, I think it is now time to also consider how this knowledge might be connected and organised. In other words, what kinds of mental representations – or schema –should our students be building? What shape should these take for individual texts? What shape should these take for the subject  as a whole? And how do we ensure the smooth transfer of this knowledge to the extended essay format which is favoured by…

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Catching Up With Good Reads | kennypieper

Catching Up With Good Reads | kennypieper

I’m getting to an age where being invited to other people’s houses fills me with terror. The small talk, the nibbles, the apologies for having to leave early after constantly and surreptitiously checking my watch every ten minutes; my ability to cope with the opinions of others is seriously receding. The concept of the book group is another level of hell. I’m unforgivably very set in my ways and my views. If I like something, I like it; I’m rarely swayed by reviews, whether from friends, strangers or newspapers. But that’s the nature of our tastes. My taste in books is better than yours; same…

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Guest Blog 2, by Rob Howe | bettersongstosing

Guest Blog 2, by Rob Howe | bettersongstosing

 First an explanation. Why a guest blog at all? Well, the answer is simple I feel the voices in education are increasingly bickering over minute details. In the past I would read blogs and experience dissonance, now everyone appears to be saying the same thing. Why Rob? Rob is a friend of mine who encouraged me to be a teacher, he was an English Teacher himself and by all accounts a very good one. He became disillusioned with the education system, although he still describes himself as an educator. The way in which this series of blogs came about is easy to track. We were at a pub and I could…

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