Remote Learning: Impossible Desires

In Teach Like Nobody’s Watching I argued that the process of teaching something, when you strip it back, is remarkably simple. If you watch anyone from children to experienced professionals teach you see the same things: recap of what you think they already know, give them some new information or instruction, get them to try…

Reflections on a Career

In her latest post Zoe Enser (@GreeboRuner) reflects on 20 years in the classroom as she heads off to new adventures. To those who have just opened this up to have a quick read I offer my apologies; this is not going to be a short and pithy blog I’m afraid. You see, although Christmas…

Revealing the Secrets: ResearchEd Surrey 2019

In his hugely revealing book The Secret Lives of Learners’ Graham Nuthall explored the world of learners in the classroom. From this study we saw how students saw concepts which were being taught, their own positions as learners and how widely varied, and sometimes utterly bonkers, their misconceptions about the world was. As keynote speaker…

School: What is it good for? (Part One)

The purpose of education is a debate that has rumbled on throughout time. There have been few great thinkers who haven’t tried to grapple with the difficult question of “What do we go to school for?” Even the pop band Busted tried to reach an answer, deciding it was to oggle, stalk and harass a…

Avengers, Assemble

By Zoe Enser (@GreeboRunner) Why English needs a cohesive whole school curriculum As a teacher of English in a Secondary School, it had always been apparent that I would have to be a jack of all trades. On the most basic level I am teaching students to develop their reading skills through their ability to…