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We’re teachers not Demigods

I’m tired of teacher bashing. As far as I can see we self loathe ourselves enough without others having to do it for us. Bennett’s criticism of posters, group work, DVDs and role play in a recent tabloid article has won hands down this Easter for irking me. It was easy pickings journalism. Adding stereotype …

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Segregation – a collection of responses

Edu blogging and edu Twitter can be extremely rewarding at times but also nail bitingly painful. When you work in SEN, it can be difficult reading ignorant comments and hearing views from teachers who clearly believe students should be elsewhere. These ‘outclusionists’ have less idea where they should go just ‘away from me and my …

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Segregation and Stereotypes 

QT is trying to be controversial. – so was Toby Young when he called pupils with SEN troglodytes.  But when does controversy actually become plain offensive? When does controversy perpetuate stereotypes of students with learning difficulties?  And when does controversy forget that the group they are offending are children? And children with the least resources …

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Segregation and stereotypes 

QT is trying to be controversial. – so was Toby Young when he called pupils with SEN troglodytes.  But when does controversy actually become plain offensive? When does controversy perpetuate stereotypes of students with learning difficulties?  And when does controversy forget that the group they are offending are children? And children with the least resources …

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Teaching Assistants 

I’ve been reading a lot about deployment of TAs recently the Keyinsights article set me off and I’ve followed the great links to the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) and others.  So, I’ve done some reading.  I have also discussed this on numerous occasions with Twitter colleagues. So I’ve sought opinions and advice.  I think most would …

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Advice from a Think-Triumph Toledo 

It’s always a tricky one arguing against someone who says everyone should have a C grade in GCSE Maths and English. You’re immediately accused of saying literacy and numeracy doesn’t matter. But I’m going to stick my neck out – partly because I’ve had a lovely holiday picking mushrooms and sea asparagus and have gone …

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Whole School #Literacy Tweeters

To share good practice @DamsonEd and I are attempting first to find all those interested in or who have responsibility for whole school literacy.  Once this is done, we hope to co-ordinate  ideas, resources, what’s worked, what hasn’t, advice, questions, maybe even a #literacychat and, if sufficient interest, a get together. Please let us know …

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The Space around the Child

‘I can take any empty space and call it a bare stage’ Peter Brooks, The Empty Space. At Betts this year Sir Ken Robinson gave a short talk at the evening TeachMeet.  He mentioned Brooks’ The Empty Space, which as a Drama graduate, was my bible.  Sir Ken used it to talk about the conceit …

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