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 [...]

Writing for the real world

By |2011-09-30T20:08:45+00:00September 30th, 2011|Blogging|

Having returned to teaching after six years out in the 'real world' (as one school governor, who shall remain nameless, is wont to say) I was determined to bring a bit of the real world back into my teaching when I took the role as English Leader at a large primary just outside Slough.   [...]