Monthly Archives: April 2011


Reflecting on how we learn to read

By |April 29th, 2011|

My experiences of learning to read. I do not remember having learned to read. It was certainly before I went to school, and I remember little about . What I do remember was the day my myopia was discovered (sometime around Year 4) and it was discovered I had […]

Teachers who read, teaching reading

By |April 25th, 2011|

Goodwin (2011, 2008) and Cremin et al (2008a), state that in order to teach reading well, teachers themselves must be readers themselves, share books for pleasure, model readerly behaviours, know a wide range of appropriate books, use books to support children’s development, their vocabulary and experience of […]

My desert island reads

By |April 22nd, 2011|

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I am now three days into my new post of English Leader at a large primary school in Slough, having returned to teaching after a five-year break, during which I have been working […]

Teachers of reading reading

By |April 20th, 2011|

Where to start with reading? Well, the research I’ve been reading from people like Prue Goodwin and Teresa Cremin stress the importance of the teacher as a reader, as a figure on whom children can model their own reading, so it only seems sensible, before starting my new role as English […]

The Ten Thousand Things dictionary of curious and interesting words (part 1)

By |April 20th, 2011|

Some interesting words that took my eye like so many shiny trinkets over the past few days and found their way into my word list:

Riverine – relating to or situated on a river or riverbank; riparian: Atavistic – relating to or characterized by reversion to something ancient or ancestral

Asperity […]

More questions, few answers

By |April 18th, 2011|

Over the past few days I have been shunning the beautiful Cornish sunshine of my holiday for my laptop and first assignment for my master's degree, and I've come to a somewhat horrifying conclusion: for all the work I've done analysing my school's 2010 SAT results, my study into the historical […]

Some of the things I’ll miss

By |April 8th, 2011|

My last day at CCE today: tinged with melancholy and mischief as well as excitement at embarking on something new.

Walking over Waterloo Bridge, as I have every morning for the best part of five years (from when I first arrived in London) it struck me I’ve been ridiculously lucky – the […]

Starting points (or dealing with the fallout from Pandora’s Box)

By |April 7th, 2011|

Following my mind-expanding conversation earlier in the week (Opening Pandora’s Box) I took a deep breath, counted to ten and tried to gather my thoughts. And what I decided was the only way to continue – without doing the equivalent of jumping round the room with a butterfly net trying to […]

Lessons in reading and writing (part 1)

By |April 5th, 2011|

So, what did I learn from my meeting this morning? I’ve split it into two sections, what I learned about reading and what I learned about writing. Lots of it might seem so simple as to not be worth stating, some of it you may disagree with or have comment to […]

Opening Pandora’s Box (the slightly uncomfortable, but enlightening journey, from unconscious incompetence to conscious incompetence)

By |April 5th, 2011|

This afternoon I have the distinct feeling I’ve unwittingly opened Pandora’s Box. And I’ve got that panicky feeling that comes with knowing I’ve got to deal with the fallout of what I now know (surely Pandora must have had a similar – slightly gut-based – feeling?).

This morning I met up […]