New year’s resolutions as a teacher

In a few days 2017 will be done and we'll move forward, bright eyed and optimistic (hopefully) into 2018. I'm sure you have ideas of things you'd like to do better next year; things you'd like to start or stop in order to make 2018 better, brighter and more successful. However, new year's resolutions are very …

Improving students’ inference skills through numeracy

I often use non-text based inference activities to develop students’ familiarity with the skill, before moving on to looking at texts. I’ve found that this engages students who find numbers more comfortable, it opens them to discussion and allows them to think, and then develop their thinking in different ways.

Bringing the world into your classroom

As a teacher who loves to travel, I try to bring the world into the classroom at every opportunity. I’m not just talking about discussing where I've been on holiday - I’m talking about using what’s around me to hook a student’s interest outside of the subject, then develop their understanding within it. Why? Young …

Boost creativity in your life, classroom or home

Creativity underpins imagination, resilience, versatility and empathy – so why do we spend so little time thinking about it? Most jobs of the future don’t currently exist – so young people will need to be creative. Of course, content is important – but increasingly people sink or swim on their skills and how creatively or …