This is a lesson I put together for my year 11s to revise the theme of duality in Jekyll and Hyde. It works through the analysis of some quotes, revises how duality is relevant throughout the context of the novel (rich and poor, religion and science, heaven and hill and Jekyll and Hyde) and prepares …
Thousands upon thousands of words are written each week about what you should or should not put into your body. This additive may be poisonous, tonka beans may have pretentious side effects, carbs after midday may fill you up.
As I write this it hurts to sit down, it hurts to type, it hurts in places that have nothing even to do with walking! On Saturday, along with 5 friends, I walked the Yorkshire Three Peaks - a 25-mile hike between, up and down three (very big) hills in North Yorkshire.
As teachers, we're always talking about targets. Professionally we have them, our schools all have them (on everything from pupil attainment to recycling), out students have them - but do you have them personally?
I'm an English teacher with a dream to write novels. It's something that's been in the background of my mind for years but recently I made the decision to get started. I've been working on it over the last few months, and now have - by hook and crook - a (very rough) first draft. …
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.
It's the time of year at schools across England (and elsewhere) that teachers are thinking about their next move. Maybe you've been teaching a while and fancy something new, or maybe you're training this year and this is your first teaching application. Either way: how do you give yourself the best chance possible by making …
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.