Every holiday I spend some time reflecting on what has been good and difficult about the last term. That's one of the great things about teaching - we get regular breaks to take stock, refresh, and power-up ready for the next term.
One of the difficulties of reading is that it's a number of different skills all intertwined. If a student isn't practised in any one of these skills comprehension can break down and they'll not understand or give up completely.
Considering the impact of context on a novel, play or poem is something students find difficult. This is a lesson I planned for year 11 after an exam paper in which many didn't link to the context effectively.
I love storytelling, I suppose that's not surprising as a teacher and a writer. As such, I try to bring stories into my classroom at every opportunity.
Do you teach AQA English Language? Want to try something a bit different? Have a look at my paper 1, section A, scheme of work. I designed these lessons for either a year 9, 10, or a lower set year 11 class who find the texts that AQA use challenging. It could be used as …
Everyone in education should have an abundance mindset. Teaching is endless, it never stops, no one is fully educated - knowledge is possibly the most abundant commodity. Does everyone in education have an abundance mindset? Well that's not for me to say - and to talk about it would go against the point of having …
This is a creative writing scheme of work I've developed for year 10 or 11. It's designed to prepare them for the AQA English Language Paper 1 Section B, although you could remove these parts and just use it to prepare students for a creative writing task.
Teaching students to be creative is difficult. If they don't think they’re very good at it they feel shut off by it, as though it’s a skill you either have or you don’t. To make it harder still, there’s a number of things which hinder these students in accessing their creativity.
Failure is something we deal with every day, especially in teaching. If our students fail, we've failed. In the current educational climate that never been truer. But, it can be easy to forget how it feels on the other end of the learning front-line. Putting everything into each assignment, only to be told you've (sometimes) got …
I've made these flashcards to teach students the persuasive language devices they'll need when writing articles or letters.