Classroom Practice · RQT

Engaging Reluctant Writers

I've been working with five year 6 boys to refine their writing and after only two sessions I'm thrilled with their progress, enthusiasm and even positive responses from parents: Prior to the first booster, I took their books and assessed how they performing against our assessment criteria. The main target was their sentence construction and… Continue reading Engaging Reluctant Writers

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Classroom Practice · Reading For Pleasure · RQT

Engaging A Reluctant Reader

I had a belated parent consultation this afternoon. We discussed how the child in question couldn’t find any book that they really enjoyed getting their teeth into. Some texts had the appropriate level of complexity but were too boring whilst others had more enticing plot lines yet were filled with overly-complicated vocabulary that just put… Continue reading Engaging A Reluctant Reader

Classroom Practice · RQT

My Top 5 Spagtivities

  Why, yes. I did indeed just create my own term: spagtivity noun  plural noun: spagtivities an activity that requires an exploration of some or all of the following literary elements: spelling, punctuation and grammar. "today we are going to take part in a spagtivity that tests our understanding of clauses." "we are going to… Continue reading My Top 5 Spagtivities

Classroom Practice · Reflective Practice · RQT

Our Classroom: A Home Away From Home

I spent roughly twenty hours this summer holiday organising Greenland's classroom. Some teachers spend a lot less time and others can easily dedicate triple this amount to ensure their room is 'up-to-scratch.' It's important to remember that it really doesn't matter how long you spend designing and decorating. What matters, however, is that in England,… Continue reading Our Classroom: A Home Away From Home

Classroom Practice · NQT

The One Resource That Every Classroom Needs

I love a good IKEA shop. I live for a browse around Tiger. Wandering around a Wilko makes me ridiculously happy. Why? Because they are a goldmine of fantastic teaching resources. There's one resource, however, that I recently purchased that is my most invaluable piece of equipment: the visualiser. Read on to find out the… Continue reading The One Resource That Every Classroom Needs