The thing about books…Let’s TALK about books.

A great blog about the importance of fostering a love of reading in the classroom.

Being Brave! a first time headteachers blog.

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“I will say a prayer, just while you are sitting there
I will wrap my hands around you
I know it will be fine
We’ve got a fantasy affair
We didn’t get wet, we didn’t dare
Our aspirations, are wrapped up in books
Our inclinations are hidden in looks”

Wrapped up in books Belle and Sebastian

In primary school books are the most important tools we have at our disposal . What worries me is we seem to have lost the time to explore them…The time to talk about them…the time to make links and connections to our knowledge…the time to draw in the pieces and make our own sense of them.

Question… How much time do you give to children talking about books?

Sadly I see loads of comprehension activities online. Lots of comprehension questions that create one answer. What I rarely see however is people talking  about children…

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How to teach internationally… Moving within the international community.

So this year we decided to leave Shanghai. Originally, when I was offered the job, we planned to be overseas for a year. We thought we would get a break from the UK and try to pay off some debts. Once we arrived, even through the shadows of my extreme homesickness, I could see what … Continue reading How to teach internationally… Moving within the international community.

How to teach internationally… Finding a job and starting the paperwork.

  As I said previously, our first international teaching job came about more by luck than by judgement. I was already looking on TES Jobs for positions in the UK and one evening, feeling particularly fed up, I clicked on the international section out of curiosity. Had things been better at home, I think it … Continue reading How to teach internationally… Finding a job and starting the paperwork.