Five ways to proofread – both for you and your students

We all know what it's like, you post something online, or send an all-staff e-mail, then notice the glaringly obvious mistake in the first line. That happens because when you read something you've just written, you read what you want it to say - not what's actually written. This is something that affects me, both as …

See, wonder and infer – a structure to help your students with inference

See wonder and infer grid

Students are better at inference than they get credit for. Their problem often lies in ordering and expressing their thoughts  - not the inference itself. I use this structure to help students talk and write about their inferences of both texts and images.   We go through this one stage at a time: First, students …

Spy Stories – creative writing scheme of work

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Who's your favorite, Bond? Bourne? Or do you go new school with Alex Rider or Agent 21? This scheme of work contains them all. Designed to inspire students to write a section of their own spy story, it covers the typical characters, events, and setting of a classic spy story. It encourages students to consider their …

The Healthy Teacher Project 4 – Interview with Catherine Parker

What is The Healthy Teacher Project?  In this interview, I talk with Catherine Parker,  currently a Secondary English RQT but with 15 years previous experience in the classroom as a teaching assistant. Catherine's positivity is infectious - she talks about the surprises of being a new teacher, how she copes with it, and why it's …

Protecting your mental health as a teacher

#MentalHealthAwarenessWeek Mental health is something that affects everyone. Some people are more resilient, some cope better, but everyone needs to be aware of their own mental health and the mental health of others. Teaching can be draining, tiring, fatiguing and knackering - it's important to know how to deal with stress, anxiety and exhaustion when …