Rejected ideas for ‘Get Into Teaching’ Christmas adverts | jamestheo

Rejected ideas for ‘Get Into Teaching’ Christmas adverts | jamestheo

Christmas advertising, we are told, has “hit a record high” this year, with a unparalleled £6bn being thrown at advertising agencies to produce that perfect television commercial for high street stores.

In recent years, these ads have become less like the 30-second showcase of a few tinselly gifts that they used to be and more a kind of feel-good mini feature film that tugs on our heart-strings so hard that our ventricles end up in our bladders and we need to spend Christmas drinking enough to float them back out again.

Not wanting to miss out on this bandwagon, teaching authorities…

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This much I know about…being teased by colleagues | johntomsett

This much I know about…being teased by colleagues | 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 being teased by colleagues.

A few weeks back during a full staff briefing I moaned about the younger boys wrestling out on the field at lunchtime. Here is what I received today for Secret Santa…a Huracan (sic) Ramirez wrestling mask:

 

Said mask was accompanied by the following blog post, a veritable work of genius.

I have always thought you should be worried when colleagues stop teasing you…

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Ibsen timeline | jwpblog

Ibsen timeline | jwpblog

 

This is an extract from an Ibsen timeline I have made to assist students working on A Doll’s House.  I’d oove to see more ideas for entries…

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ibsen timeline draft 

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ibsen timeline draft
1846

1847

Writing under the pseudonym Ellis Bell, Emily Brontë publishes Wuthering Heights in 1847, a year before her death.  Charlotte Bronte publishes Jane Eyre under the pseudonym Currer Bell

1848
        fathered a son with a servant girl; had little contact with the boy, as he soon moved to Kristiania (Oslo)
Karl Marx: Communist Maifesto

1849

1850
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2017 Part 1: Decisions, decisions … | noreply@blogger.com (The Toblerone Twins)

2017 Part 1: Decisions, decisions … | noreply@blogger.com (The Toblerone Twins)

This time last year, I was getting stuck into the first assignments of an MA in Forensic Linguistics and, to be honest, I was ready to turn my back on ELT for a new career in language and the law. A few months on though and I realized that maybe the career path towards being a forensic linguist wasn’t the right one for me (for all kinds of reasons) and so, after lots of thought and a very intense week in Porto grilling as many forensic linguists as I could manage to collar, I decided to cut my losses and left the course.
This left me feeling slightly broke and at somewhat of a professional…

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Why I love…Blog Series 19: Excerpt from The Prelude by Wordsworth | susansenglish

Why I love…Blog Series 19: Excerpt from The Prelude by Wordsworth | susansenglish

Essay Link: The Essay – OTT The Prelude
PowerPoint Link: The Prelude – Picture

This poem is one that I find tricky to get students engaged with. The fact that it is only a short snippet from a larger poem doesn’t help (I think) as we are only getting one little part of the larger autobiographical picture that is presented in the whole poem. However, I love the sense of freedom and space and the feeling of being at one with nature that is presented in the poem. Having visited the Lake District I can understand the sense that Wordsworth gives of being fully engaged with nature as the…

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Why language is a mirror of our times | Kinguistics

Why language is a mirror of our times | Kinguistics

The Oxford English Dictionary recently named its (prestigious?) Word of the Year winner, along with its fellow short-listers. The words chosen always seem to be accurate indicators of the national mood (which means they are usually forgotten very quickly) and this year was no exception. As usual, I used it with my students for a healthy bit of language debating. 

In case you haven’t heard, the winning word was ‘youthquake’. The blended neologism has been around for a few years, but really did define the impact made by teenagers and young adults in 2017 – especially in the summer. It…

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