Building Resilience

“Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving, we get stronger and more resilient.”  ― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free In her latest post, Zoe Enser (@GreeboRunner) explores what we can learn about resilience in the classroom from running. If you speak to anyone who knows me you will learn that I have three main…

Supporting Working Memory in the English Classroom

In her latest post Zoe Enser, @GreeboRunner, considers what we can do to teach in a way that supports a child’s working memory. Those of you who know me professionally will know that research, especially in relation to the workings of the memory and cognitive science, is something which gets me really excited. It will…

Here comes the science bit…

In her latest post Zoe Enser (@GreeboRunner) considers how knowing how we learn, and knowing the barriers to learning, might help our pupils to study more effectively. Shifting Student’s Thinking Through Research Yesterday I caught myself saying something really interesting to one of my students: ‘Stop colouring in the page with your highlighter as you…

Character Education

In her latest post Zoe Enser (@Greeborunner) considers the role of “Education with Character” and asks, aren’t we doing this anyway? Character education is an umbrella term loosely used to describe the teaching of children in a manner that will help them develop variously as moral, civic, good, mannered, behaved, non-bullying, healthy, critical, successful, traditional, compliant or…

In Defence of Shakespeare

Or joining the Great Conversation and Singing a Different Song In her latest post Zoe Enser (@GreeboRunner) returns to the conversation about what should be taught in schools and why. It is, she argues, all about offering choices. ‘Ignorance is the curse of God; knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven.’ Henry VI, pt.2 A…

Exam Season: Anxiety, Research and Damned Hard Graft

In her latest post, Zoe Enser (@GreeboRunner) reflects on the journey that gets her pupils feeling relaxed and ready for their exams. ‘Should we be worried we aren’t more worried about our exam?’ pondered my year 11 last week. They genuinely were bemused as to why their anxiety wasn’t through the roof. They didn’t feel…

‘There must be better songs to sing than this…’

The importance of cultural capital for disadvantaged students ‘There must be better songs to sing than this…’ Rita’s Mum, ‘Educating Rita’ by Willy Russell This has always been a moment in the play which brings me to tears. Rita and her mum, sitting in the pub (the usual activity for the extended group of friends…