Back to School

Yesterday saw me go back to school. I had preconceived ideas about how it would feel to be back in school but none of this played out as I thought. The most overt sign that I was in a different education environment was the bell. I was not accustomed to a bell. A bell that was …

Learner Planned Lessons

Last term, my learners took it in turns to plan seminars and they became increasingly confident with this as they wrote challenging questions and imagined new ways of engaging their peers. This term, I decided to group the learners so that those of them struggling with their confidence could work more interdependently and so that …

Mystery Books

Last week, I wrapped a whole bunch of books in brown paper. Every book had some connection to the novels being studied at present by AS students. Each wrapped book had a huge question mark drawn on the front of it. These were emptied out on the floor as students sat round in a circle …

Promotion of reading

For a while now, I have known that students aren’t reading nearly enough. Most of them read what they need to but rarely do they explore outside of the necessaries. Despite this, I am certain their consumption of words has dramatically increased. Unfortunately, I’m just as certain that the quality of these words is to …