Challenging a lifetime of procrastination

By |2014-02-10T09:55:02+00:00February 10th, 2014|Uncategorized|

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 [...]

Writers and energy

By |2013-09-18T11:02:24+00:00September 18th, 2013|Uncategorized|

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 [...]

Oranges and a truth about teaching

By |2012-04-15T15:29:29+00:00April 15th, 2012|Uncategorized|

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 |2011-05-31T10:06:00+00:00May 31st, 2011|Uncategorized|

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, as I'm mid learning [...]

Exploring my own reading past

By |2011-05-01T13:26:00+00:00May 1st, 2011|Reading, Uncategorized|

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 - involves the text, the reader and the [...]

Reflecting on how we learn to read

By |2011-04-29T14:07:00+00:00April 29th, 2011|Reading, Uncategorized|

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 been unable to read from the [...]

Teachers who read, teaching reading

By |2011-04-25T13:49:00+00:00April 25th, 2011|Reading, Uncategorized|

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 the world as well as teaching them how [...]

My desert island reads

By |2011-04-22T14:05:00+00:00April 22nd, 2011|Reading, Uncategorized|

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4   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 as a writer and editorial manager, both in print and online, for a number of [...]

Teachers of reading reading

By |2011-04-20T18:31:00+00:00April 20th, 2011|Reading, Uncategorized|

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 Leader (only days away [...]