By |2012-03-27T18:38:00+00:00March 27th, 2012|Poetry|

Launching from the beach Offshore breeze catches the sails Borders fall away

Capturing a truth

By |2012-03-16T21:08:00+00:00March 16th, 2012|Writing advice|

The first storytelling lesson I ever learned: "Use what you know, draw from it. It doesn't always mean plot or fact, it means capturing a truth from your experience, expressing a values you personally feel deep down to your core" Good advice from an expert storyteller, Andrew Stanton. http://video.ted.com/assets/player/swf/EmbedPlayer.swf

A blog of one’s own

By |2012-03-06T09:19:00+00:00March 6th, 2012|Blogging|

(NOTE: I wrote this article originally for the National Literacy Trust website) The three reasons I believe every teacher should consider setting up their own blog. 1. Teachers who write make better teachers of writing A whole host of recent studies1 suggest teachers who write and who identify themselves as writers may be more effective [...]

Inspiring Writing – helping children find their inner writers

By |2012-03-05T09:53:00+00:00March 5th, 2012|Blogging|

I originally wrote this article for the National Literacy Trust website. As teachers, we are well used to teaching the mechanics of writing - punctuation, grammar and spelling, the shapes of different types of narratives - but do we, in all honesty, teach our children about what it is to be a writer? About the thrill [...]