Perception, Dunning-Krueger and Education
I think this is a really interesting metaphor to make teachers think about the idea of...Read More
Thoughts about Narratology and Prosody at iGCSE- PRIORITISING THE TEACHING OF FORM
Narrative theory is undertaught I think. I have had to self-educate myself. It is essential when responding to novels because without it there is an undue focus on finding figurative language. Finding figurative language can be a huge issue when that might not be what the narrative is doing, especially when focalised on a character who is uneducated (or just normal!). Therefore, understanding focalisation is key… to whom do the words belong?Read More
What books should students read for A-Levels/IB or Undergraduate?
Students seeking success in literature should aim to read beyond the limits of the classroom. Each of these books have proved very useful for both my students and me in teaching and reading literature at the higher levels.Read More
A Question on Frankenstein: Walton’s Change in Perspective
A student recently asked me a question in the run-up to our Xmas Mocks. I include the question as...Read More
Do English teachers need charisma?
English teachers are usually charismatic. The act of reading and considering poetry and drama...Read More
Content vs Specification: Thoughts about KS5 Planning
This year I have taken on the running of our KS5 literature specification. It has been an...Read More
Building a Sixth Form Curriculum: Literature
This summer I was promoted to Head of KS5 Literature, leading a team of six people. I enjoyed the...Read More
Book Review: Notes from the Jungle: Provocative Teacherspeak
Notes from the Jungle is an engagingly provocative book from a working international headteacher....Read More
15 minute screencast: Example of how to revise quotations from a text, in this case the Crucible.
Example of how to revise quotations from a text, in this case the Crucible. This video gained 1.5k...Read More
Developing Academic Argument Using Claims, Reasons, Evidence and Warrants: Using Turabian’s ”Manual for Writers”
Today my students sat their English Literature GCSE exam. Our in-class focus on understanding...Read More
Year 9 Scripts AiC
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Finding new authors
From word of mouth, or through online communities, will find recommendations for books far more...Read More