Bound to Necessity? | natewords

Bound to Necessity? | natewords

The knowledge required to be a good teacher of English (or any other subject) includes both techne – the skill or craft required to achieve a desired outcome – and the wider understanding denoted by episteme. Plato associated episteme with a freedom of intelligence, while Damon Young writes that techne in the Greek polis “was a kind of knowledge associated with people who are bound to necessity”.

English teachers resent being bound to necessity. Bethan Marshall writes in her conclusion to Testing English: “Despite over 150 years of battle, English teachers are still trying to assess English…

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Bound to Necessity? | natewords

Bound to Necessity? | natewords

The knowledge required to be a good teacher of English (or any other subject) includes both techne – the skill or craft required to achieve a desired outcome – and the wider understanding denoted by episteme. Plato associated episteme with a freedom of intelligence, while Damon Young writes that techne in the Greek polis “was a kind of knowledge associated with people who are bound to necessity”.

English teachers resent being bound to necessity. Bethan Marshall writes in her conclusion to Testing English: “Despite over 150 years of battle, English teachers are still trying to assess English…

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Why Children Should Be Encouraged To Only Ever Use Phonics As A Helpful Friend. | natewords

Why Children Should Be Encouraged To Only Ever Use Phonics As A Helpful Friend. | natewords

Literacy For Pleasure

A Teacher’s Philosophy

I should start out by stating quite clearly that this is not an article advocating for the removal of phonics from classrooms. A teacher’s approach to the task of reading, however, is guided by what they think reading actually is. If armed with a viable definition of reading and an understanding of some of the instructional implications of the definition, teachers can use almost any reading materials to help children develop productive reading strategies. The teacher is the key.

According to Weaver, (2009, p.15) the following is a good…

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Why Children Should Be Encouraged To Only Ever Use Phonics As A Helpful Friend. | natewords

Why Children Should Be Encouraged To Only Ever Use Phonics As A Helpful Friend. | natewords

Literacy For Pleasure

A Teacher’s Philosophy

I should start out by stating quite clearly that this is not an article advocating for the removal of phonics from classrooms. A teacher’s approach to the task of reading, however, is guided by what they think reading actually is. If armed with a viable definition of reading and an understanding of some of the instructional implications of the definition, teachers can use almost any reading materials to help children develop productive reading strategies. The teacher is the key.

According to Weaver, (2009, p.15) the following is a good…

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Assessing Primary Literacy | natewords

Assessing Primary Literacy | natewords

 

There has been much concern about the new grammar, punctuation and spelling (GPS) tests for primary school pupils. Parents, teachers, academics and other commentators claim that the tests are inappropriate for primary pupils and that these high stakes assessments have a deleterious effect on teaching and learning.

Part of the problem lies in terminology. Children have to spot examples of grammatical constructions such as “fronted adverbials”. This term has become notorious as it has not previously been used in grammatical descriptions and seems sometimes to apply to phrases that are…

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Assessing Primary Literacy | natewords

Assessing Primary Literacy | natewords

 

There has been much concern about the new grammar, punctuation and spelling (GPS) tests for primary school pupils. Parents, teachers, academics and other commentators claim that the tests are inappropriate for primary pupils and that these high stakes assessments have a deleterious effect on teaching and learning.

Part of the problem lies in terminology. Children have to spot examples of grammatical constructions such as “fronted adverbials”. This term has become notorious as it has not previously been used in grammatical descriptions and seems sometimes to apply to phrases that are…

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Trump’s impeachment may hang on a point of grammar | natewords

Trump’s impeachment may hang on a point of grammar | natewords

James Comey speaking to the Senate Intelligence Committee on 8 June 2017

“I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.”

Donald Trump spoke these words to James Comey, former Director of the FBI, at a private meeting in the Oval Office.  As Alex Ward of vox.com states, these are the most important words of Comey’s testimony today to the House Intelligence Committee.  Comey felt that these were a direction to him by the President of the United States.

Primary school children in England taking the new tests in…

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