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Challenging a lifetime of procrastination

By |February 10th, 2014|

Writer and writing process guru Bec Evans encouraged me to contribute to a blog tour in which writers share their process. I agreed, in part to help me understand my own process better, and in part as I decided a few months ago to knuckle down and write a novel.

What I’m working on
I am midway through drafting […]

Writers and energy

By |September 18th, 2013|

What is it all great writers have in common? The thing that makes them stand out from the crowd, that gives their words potency and grabs our attention as readers?

The ability to construct a compelling narrative? The knack of putting the right words in the right order? The ability to craft a beautiful sentence or paragraph? […]

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 […]

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. […]

Half a term in (a brief recap in lieu of articles owed)

By |May 31st, 2011|

I’ve been somewhat absent from my own blog of late, but I hope my excuse of being thrown back against the chalkface is a good enough one to assure you it’s not personal. And I know if anything, it’s probably times like now I should be investing my efforts into reflecting, […]

Exploring my own reading past

By |May 1st, 2011|

Appleyard (1990. p.3) asserts “the roots of our responses to what we read lie deep in our first experiences of books and the imagined world.”

He stresses the importance of knowing and understanding the reader in the reading equation (an equation which – in reader oriented theory […]

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 […]