Monthly Archives: April 2012


Mindful teaching

By |April 15th, 2012|

It seems to me teaching – more than almost any other profession – would benefit from a dose of mindfulness right about now. The teachers I know are some of the hardest working people I’ve met, put in some of the longest hours, work with some of the most difficult and demanding customers (children – […]

Oranges and a truth about teaching

By |April 15th, 2012|

When she is training teachers, my Mum presents her trainees with a fresh orange and a knife. She asks them to look carefully at it, to smell the peel, to feel the texture of the skin and the stalk. She asks them to describe how it looks and feels and writes all their suggestions down. […]

Great teaching ideas

By |April 13th, 2012|

Teaching ideas blogger Rob Smith has some English lesson ideas around the use of visual literacies as a stimulus for writing.

Great teaching ideas blog

Among the fantastic posts are lessons based on Shaun Tan’s The Lost Thing

More based on Tan’s The Arrival

A great idea for using props and music to stimulate the imagination using The Piano

Great […]

Kurt Vonnegut on writing short stories

By |April 13th, 2012|

Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.
Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for.
Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.
Every sentence must do one of two things-reveal character […]

Thanks Ira Glass for the sound advice

By |April 11th, 2012|