Ramble#16: What should every secondary school teacher should know about early reading?

This quick blog comes from off the back of a question that was asked during the EdClubhouse where a theme drawn out from discussion involving the panel and audience looked at teacher training in reading. Clearly there should be a difference in what this training looks like for teachers entering either the primary or secondary sector … Continue reading Ramble#16: What should every secondary school teacher should know about early reading?

*Guest Post* – A Shit Blog.

I was recently contacted by a member of the the Twitter community who asked me if I would host a blog post on my blog page. Normal disclaimers apply. What you will read below is the thoughts and opinions of the post writer and are not my own etc etc. Disclaimer: I am well aware … Continue reading *Guest Post* – A Shit Blog.

Ramble #15 – ‘But where is the challenge?’

The title of this blog is in inverted commas for a reason. It was a common question asked of me after a book look or a lesson observation. After a brief conversation the final remark would be something on the lines of, ‘Make sure you can see it in their books.’ This probably being said … Continue reading Ramble #15 – ‘But where is the challenge?’

Ramble #14 – Reading Comprehension – More Than Just Background Knowledge

I have long been acutely aware that my teacher training did not prepare me well for the teaching of reading. By reading, I do not just mean the decoding aspect (I do not think many people mean that when they talk about reading) but rather the whole process outlined in Scarborough’s famous reading rope. While … Continue reading Ramble #14 – Reading Comprehension – More Than Just Background Knowledge

Ramble#13 A Place of Pirates in KS1?

This is a blog that I have been meaning to write for a while after taking some inspiration from the fabulous Victoria Morris (@MrsSTeaches) and her blogs on curriculum thinking and after seeing that Jon Hutchinson (@jon_hutchinson_) needed some convincing that ‘Pirates’ is a worthwhile topic to study at KS1. Should they be taught in … Continue reading Ramble#13 A Place of Pirates in KS1?

Ramble #12 The Elaborate & Restricted Code of Teaching & Learning

Some of  you may recognise the elaborate and restricted code as part of the work done by the sociologist Basil Bernstein. Stephen Littlejohn in Theories of Human Communication (2002) argues code, “refers to a set of organising principles behind the language employed by members of a social group” (p.278). For the purpose of this blog post, … Continue reading Ramble #12 The Elaborate & Restricted Code of Teaching & Learning

Top Edu-Podcasts I’ve Listened To This Year

  They joy of living over an hour from work means you have plenty of podcast times too. After being asked to recommend some podcasts on twitter, I thought I’d write a quick blog detailing the 10 top podcasts I’ve heard this year. The order they appear here is not to show a ranking, just … Continue reading Top Edu-Podcasts I’ve Listened To This Year

Top Edu-Books That I’ve Read This Year

Believe it or not, I have never been much of an educational book reader. The first 4 years of my career I was happy being ignorant about wider educational debate and just did my best to teach to the best of my ability through a mixture of trial and error, being told what good teaching … Continue reading Top Edu-Books That I’ve Read This Year