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 8 – Interview with Charlotte

What is The Healthy Teacher Project? Charlotte is an English teacher at a comprehensive secondary school in the Cotswolds where she's taught for five years. She's now the Associate Head of English. We talk about how Charlotte has recently made more of an effort to keep physically fit and how that investment in her health …

There’s plenty more where that came from – creating an abundance mindset in the classroom.

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 …