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 […]

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 […]

Teachers writing or writers teaching?

By |July 11th, 2012|

“Unlike many other activities which are initially hard to learn but become easier with practice, writing remains a highly demanding activity even as we become more experienced.”

This thought, from Cremin and Myhill,* hit the mark for me: I consider myself a writer as much as I do a teacher (in fact, more so when no one too […]