On the 21st of March 2015, I attended TLAB15 in Berkhamsted! In order to get there, I travelled on the previous day from Hull to Dunstable – had to go through London for it – staying over with a friend, so I could more comfortably get there on the Saturday… Read the rest
On the 1st April, two days ago, I made a journey from Hull to London to Quintin Kynaston Community Academy (QKCA) for the #TMLondon TeachMeet – I delivered a presentation on Critical Literacy at the event. This event was organized by Twitter’s @TeacherToolkit – Ross McGill, who is a deputy… Read the rest
A little while ago I participated in a lively discussion on Twitter with other teachers, which began by exchanging arguments on the usefulness and strengths vs weaknesses of the collaborative learning approach (much advocated by EAL professionals). As the discussion developed, it took us to other connected and interconnected areas… Read the rest
On the 17th of January, I travelled to Princes Risborough in Buckinghamshire, where a TeachMeet – named “EngMeet” – took place in the morning – on Saturday at the Princes Risborough School. The school is beautifully located on the top of a small hill with lovely views over the Chilterns.… Read the rest
Over the first term of this academic year, in autumn 2014, I developed and trialled a system for quality assurance for the EAL department at the school where I work as EAL Coordinator.
The system is composed of the following elements:
- EAL TAs Feedback Booklet – a small booklet which
NALDIC* has uploaded to YouTube their 3-minute TeachMeet-style presentations delivered at their annual conference in Leicester in November 2014. I myself delivered one of them – on EAL Knowledge Framework and Mode Continuum – a lesson planning tool for both EAL classes and mainstream teachers (who have EAL learners… Read the rest
The first issue of a series of newsletters for mainstream teachers, raising awareness of how to effectively support EAL learners in your classrooms. Vol.1’s theme: DARTS (Directed Activities Related to Text).… Read the rest
If you are in education – or a TED Talk fan! – then you’re most likely to be aware of Ken Robinson’s arguments about creativity and how the Industrial Revolution is affecting schools nowadays. In this short article, I am suggesting that the continuation of organizing schools in line with… Read the rest
This feels like such a great opportunity to share what 2014 brought me and what and who I hope to be in 2015 and what I’d like to do in this next coming year.
I wasn’t really on Twitter last year. I was, kind of, but I didn’t really read… Read the rest