Teacher, ‘Try Me’ No.4: 3 Tips for Using a Visualiser in the English classroom

Having your own exercise book is a great way to keep all of your worked examples together (saw this from somebody @team_english1 -- sorry I don't know who, but thanks so much for sharing, whoever you are!) I've seen quite a few questions on Twitter recently about how visualisers can be used effectively in the … Continue reading Teacher, ‘Try Me’ No.4: 3 Tips for Using a Visualiser in the English classroom

A Level English Teacher, ‘Try Me’ No.2: Introducing research skills for AQA Lit NEA

As a centre, we try really hard to get students used to being able to research effectively and to be discerning when looking at critical views. For our AQA A Level English Literature Non Exam Assessment, we teach all critical viewpoints in the critical anthology (Marxism, Feminism, Post Colonialism etc) and let them loose in … Continue reading A Level English Teacher, ‘Try Me’ No.2: Introducing research skills for AQA Lit NEA

Comparative Judgement Trial and The Feedback Question

After listening to Daisy Christodoulou speak at the West Midlands Knowledge Hub last month and reading her book ‘ The Future of Assessment for Learning’, I decided to finally take the leap and trial ‘No More Marking’ in our department. As with every other English department (I’m guessing!) marking easily becomes unmanageable and it is … Continue reading Comparative Judgement Trial and The Feedback Question

Year 12 Poetry Escape Room?

The best lessons are often those that originate at interesting and unexpected moments- unsurprisingly not the ones that you agonise over for hours. This idea for a lesson came around 20 minutes before the lesson began(!), but I had some very happy customers at the end of the lesson and a clear sense that students … Continue reading Year 12 Poetry Escape Room?