Edmund Husserl (1859-1938), a German philosopher, coined a term ‘lifeworld‘. Lifeworld is, in his words, “everyday practical situational truths” and “a realm of original self-evidences” (Husserl, 1970). Such self-evidence is for coming to know in the form of looking, touching, smelling or hearing – through repetition of… Read the rest
The title relates to something I touched on rather briefly in my 40-minute workshop/session at a recent ResearchED conference in Oxford; something which seems to have generated some interest both at and following the event – on Twitter.
I hasten to add that what is about to follow can and,… Read the rest
Last week on Saturday morning I found myself at the helm of yet another free teachers-for-teachers mini-conference held at the University of Hull – called #PedagooHull17. It felt very special. Yet again, about 50 teachers left their homes on a Saturday morning to learn from others’ expertise, share practice and… Read the rest
In this series of blog posts, I intend to focus on the notion of dialogic teaching as not only a strategy for teaching in our classrooms (mainstream or not), but one of the guiding principles behind how teachers run their classrooms and approach interacting with their students. We’re not looking… Read the rest
After a good few years of networking, attending conferences, teacher events, and advising mainstream teachers on EAL matters at a variety of venues and relentlessly attempting to build bridges of communication between the EAL specialism and mainstream pedagogy, I am now ready to begin my own EAL consultancy / training… Read the rest
I am going international on 30 July 2016, and am facilitating an EAL / ESL / ELL session on Academic Literacy strategies for mainstream teachers within the huge – it seems so! – EdCamp Global event (http://edcampglobal.wix.com/edcamp#!) . Do join us!
30 July 2016, 8.00-9.00am British Time on… Read the rest
Yesterday late at night I came back from ResearchEd English and Literacy conference in Swindon. Primarily, I was one of the speakers – speaking, of course, on EAL (details below), but I was equally as keen to simply attend ResearchEd as it promotes this one thing that, shockingly, is missing… Read the rest
Earlier this week, when I came back to school, one of the first things I heard was the phrase, “She hasn’t integrated yet.” This was about one of my EAL students. This term, “integration” seems to be used in place of – instead – “inclusion”. With disastrous consequences for the… Read the rest
The mediocrity principle is a philosophical notion claiming that since life originated on Earth, it is quite possible that the same could happen – or already has happened – elsewhere in the universe. It has been taken to suggest as well that it doesn’t make sense to assume that you… Read the rest
It is a rather disappointing scenario in a number of schools that new to the UK and new to English EAL learners are often placed in bottom sets. There is a number of articles that point to this phenomenon online and offline – this UCL’s Institution of Education one (… Read the rest