Is it Time to Say Goodbye to ‘World Book Day’? | stealingbiscuitsiswrong?

Is it Time to Say Goodbye to ‘World Book Day’? | stealingbiscuitsiswrong?

I was the Head of an English Department for 6 glorious years and I’m proud to say that throughout that time I never once asked staff to dress up for ‘World Book Day’.

I never once asked staff to teach zany lessons where students made puppets of their favourite literary characters and I never once asked staff to use valuable lesson time so students could create a book-based board-game.

I dislike World Book Day because for me it has become a gimmick, a way of dumbing down the most precious of things, reading. It’s become a day where David Walliams and the singer from McFly are celebrated as…

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Because Sir Doesn’t Care | stealingbiscuitsiswrong?

Because Sir Doesn’t Care | stealingbiscuitsiswrong?

After an incredibly stressful Year 11 lesson in which several members of that group had to be removed for defiant behaviour. This was the comment that greeted me the next day when a member of the class asked one student why they hadn’t been in the lesson the day before.

The comment was designed to wound and I was acutely aware of that and yet when the student said it, it still hurt. I was horrified that a student might think that I didn’t care about them. I asked myself that night, if in enforcing the school’s behaviour pathway and attempting to ensure that the classroom environment was…

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Because Sir Doesn’t Care | stealingbiscuitsiswrong?

Because Sir Doesn’t Care | stealingbiscuitsiswrong?

After an incredibly stressful Year 11 lesson in which several members of that group had to be removed for defiant behaviour. This was the comment that greeted me the next day when a member of the class asked one student why they hadn’t been in the lesson the day before.

The comment was designed to wound and I was acutely aware of that and yet when the student said it, it still hurt. I was horrified that a student might think that I didn’t care about them. I asked myself that night, if in enforcing the school’s behaviour pathway and attempting to ensure that the classroom environment was…

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Post-GCSE-Results-Day-Blues | stealingbiscuitsiswrong

Post-GCSE-Results-Day-Blues | stealingbiscuitsiswrong

GCSE Results day is always a time of epic highs and crushing lows. As teachers, we always tell ourselves that the onus should be on the students and that we shouldn’t feel accountable for their results. But inevitably, when that Thursday in August comes, we always look at our classes results and no matter how pleased we are, no matter how many little success stories we have, no matter how many times we tell ourselves we are not responsible, when we see our classes’ results, we always think, I could have done more.

This results day has been a similar tale. I was delighted that the quiet girl…

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Post-GCSE-Results-Day-Blues | stealingbiscuitsiswrong

Post-GCSE-Results-Day-Blues | stealingbiscuitsiswrong

GCSE Results day is always a time of epic highs and crushing lows. As teachers, we always tell ourselves that the onus should be on the students and that we shouldn’t feel accountable for their results. But inevitably, when the last Thursday in August comes, we always look at our classes results and no matter how pleased we are, no matter how many little success stories we have, no matter how many times we tell ourselves we are not responsible, when we see our class results, we always think, I could have done more.

This results day has been a similar tale. I was delighted that the quiet…

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Low Expectations about Great Expectations: why do we deny the working classes the very best literature? | stealingbiscuitsiswrong

Low Expectations about Great Expectations: why do we deny the working classes the very best literature? | stealingbiscuitsiswrong

 

Recently, I have been involved in several discussions about which books we should study on a secondary English curriculum. On several occasions I have been told that texts like ‘Holes’ or ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ have the same educational merit and worth as texts like ‘Oliver Twist’ or ‘Fahrenheit 451’. This is simply not true, and it is disadvantaged students who pay the heaviest price for this misconception. Would we find texts like ‘Holes’ or ‘Skellig’ being studied in the top attaining schools in the country, like Harrow or Eton? I think not. So why do we deem them suitable texts for…

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Low Expectations about Great Expectations: why do we deny the working classes the very best literature? | stealingbiscuitsiswrong

Low Expectations about Great Expectations: why do we deny the working classes the very best literature? | stealingbiscuitsiswrong

 

Recently, I have been involved in several discussions about which books we should study on a secondary English curriculum. On several occasions I have been told that texts like ‘Holes’ or ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ have the same educational merit and worth as texts like ‘Oliver Twist’ or ‘Fahrenheit 451’. This is simply not true, and it is disadvantaged students who pay the heaviest price for this misconception. Would we find texts like ‘Holes’ or ‘Skellig’ being studied in the top attaining schools in the country, like Harrow or Eton? I think not. So why do we deem them suitable texts for…

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