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My all time favourite quote about writing

By |February 10th, 2013|

“Even the state of defeat was propitious, because there is nothing in this life or the next that is not useful to the writer.” Gabriel Garcia Marquez in Living To Tell The Tale

Like father like daughter

By |February 6th, 2013|

We pick up our reading habits from the behaviours of those around us – I’m always telling teachers this. So When I saw these snaps of my daughter from this afternoon, I laughed out loud. I’m not sure when she’s seen us reading like this, but curled into the corner of the sofa with my […]

Adventures in writing

By |January 22nd, 2013|

Last week, I led a trip to Arvon’s Lumb Bank centre for 14 10-year-olds. A week away from games consoles, mobiles and TV – just us, a stack of good books, paper and pens (oh, and two fantastic authors – Gillian Cross and Steve Voake – who led the children on the first steps of […]

What are we measuring? The easy to measure or the important?

By |December 27th, 2012|

It’s great to measure progress – essential even – but how often do we really consider what it is we are measuring? The key stage 2 spelling, punctuation and grammar test seems to me a great example of how easy it is to get the two confused.

It’s fairly easy to measure whether a child […]

Space to write (part 2)

By |November 4th, 2012|

When I was ten, in my last year at primary school, I experienced what it would be like to be a writer for the first time. Over a period of a few weeks, I wrote a 30 page retelling of the Aladdin story. When I was finished, I handed it to my teacher (Mrs Hays […]

An exciting venture for my Year 6 writers

By |October 8th, 2012|

I’m not quite sure what it was about the Arvon course I took in August that caused the step-change. I’m not sure whether it was the intensive nature of the week (I certainly got more words on paper than I have for a long time), the rural location (off grid from mobile and t’internet) the […]

My top tips for teachers who want to develop as writers

By |October 8th, 2012|

If you’re a teacher thinking about your own writing, you’re probably most concerned about the time it will take (time you feel you don’t necessarily have). For me, the times I carve out for my own writing are in the early morning, before my family has woken up and then again once they have gone […]

An audit of your current classroom writing practice

By |October 8th, 2012|

Below are a few questions you could ask yourself about integrating your writing practice at home with your teaching of writing in school:

Are you a writer in the classroom as well as outside school? – do your children know you write? Do they know you enjoy writing and consider it important in your own life? […]

Why teachers should be writers – what the research says

By |October 8th, 2012|

Developing as writers is important because:

Writing is an activity in which we can develop alongside the children. Writing isn’t like other activities which get easier the more we do them; it always remains challenging, whether we are facing the challenges of learning to write a story in Year 2 or whether we are putting together […]

Space to write

By |August 26th, 2012|

What are the barriers to you improving as a writer? To really giving it a go? Time? Space? If you’re like me, you don’t have a study or a shed to which you can retreat and even if you’re lucky enough to have a suitable bolt-hole, you don’t feel you have the time to do […]