Blog Organiser

Operational Posts

Managing the workload:

https://thestableoyster.wordpress.com/2016/10/29/managing-the-workload/

English Language and English Literature Specific Posts

Blake’s London and the AQA P&C Cluster: https://thestableoyster.wordpress.com/2017/12/15/marks-of-weakness-marks-of-woe/

Context and Literary Theory – “Mirrors and Lamps” https://thestableoyster.wordpress.com/2018/02/04/mirrors-and-lamps/

“Tissue” https://thestableoyster.wordpress.com/2018/04/06/paper-that-lets-the-light-shine-through/

Teaching Shakespeare – some thoughts on the language challenge: https://thestableoyster.wordpress.com/2018/05/31/to-climb-steep-hills/

A blog on the context of William Blake’s ‘London’ and its place in the P&C cluster: https://thestableoyster.wordpress.com/2017/12/15/marks-of-weakness-marks-of-woe/

A blog about responding to the language and structural analysis questions: https://thestableoyster.wordpress.com/2017/11/10/specifically-responding-to-the-language-questions/

Reflections on sitting a mock with the students: https://thestableoyster.wordpress.com/2017/03/18/the-hand-that-mocked/

Kamikaze by Beatrice Garland – a few extra notes: https://thestableoyster.wordpress.com/2017/01/29/kamikaze-some-supplementary-thoughts/

The problem with mnemonics: https://thestableoyster.wordpress.com/2017/02/05/s-t-r-e-s-s-stuff-to-remember-every-single-second/

Context and the barriers we face: https://thestableoyster.wordpress.com/2016/10/26/reading-understanding-the-context-and-the-barriers-we-face/

Memorising quotations – one suggestion: https://thestableoyster.wordpress.com/2017/01/09/brain-gym-dont-worry-its-not/

I am not here to entertain you (all about the love and passion I have for our subject): https://thestableoyster.wordpress.com/2016/11/27/a-response-to-this-is-boring/

Teaching AQA English Language Paper 1 – Q1 – 4:

Question1: https://thestableoyster.wordpress.com/2016/12/19/paper-1-question-1-aqa-english-language-8700/

Question 2: https://thestableoyster.wordpress.com/2016/12/20/paper-1-question-2-aqa-english-language-8700/

Question 3: https://thestableoyster.wordpress.com/2016/12/21/paper-1-question-3-aqa-english-language-8700/

Question 4: https://thestableoyster.wordpress.com/2017/01/01/paper-1-question-4-aqa-english-language-8700/

Question 5: https://thestableoyster.wordpress.com/2017/09/24/the-springboard-p1-q5/

Literacy

Handwriting at secondary: https://thestableoyster.wordpress.com/2016/11/19/building-automaticity-in-handwriting/

Against Pupil-Friendly Language – a blog about dumbing down: https://thestableoyster.wordpress.com/2017/05/06/against-pupil-friendly-language/

Leadership

Ten Years a Middle-Leader: https://thestableoyster.wordpress.com/2018/04/02/ten-years-a-middle-leader/

Leading with Research: https://thestableoyster.wordpress.com/2018/06/03/leading-with-research/

Language and Content of Decision-Making Discussions: https://thestableoyster.wordpress.com/2018/07/08/choosing-words-wisely/

Whole-class feedback: https://thestableoyster.wordpress.com/2017/10/09/myths-and-legends-whole-class-feedback/

Behaviour – ‘Ready to Learn’ at Orchard School Bristol: https://thestableoyster.wordpress.com/2017/02/09/learning-and-thriving/

CPD – the need for personalisation: https://thestableoyster.wordpress.com/2016/11/12/the-need-for-personalised-cpd/

A political one – the disparity between the state and private sector for the GCSE English assessment methods: https://thestableoyster.wordpress.com/2017/01/20/playing-on-rubble/

Sexism in our schools (one for #IWD17) https://thestableoyster.wordpress.com/2017/02/28/q-is-google-male-or-female-answer-at-the-end-a-blog-for-the-importance-of-iwd/

A blog about the problem with predictions, pre-2017 results (as this post ages, it’s important to remember that this was the first year of a new spec and therefore no past data was available, nor were boundaries): https://thestableoyster.wordpress.com/2017/03/28/what-do-you-mean-mean-scores/

Personal

Demanding Perfect – Practice Makes Perfect: https://thestableoyster.wordpress.com/2018/01/07/demanding-perfection/

Book Review: The Art of Poetry Vol 6: https://thestableoyster.wordpress.com/2018/01/26/book-review-the-art-of-poetry-aqa-power-conflict-volume-6/

One about perspective – absent on results day: https://thestableoyster.wordpress.com/2017/08/28/absent-on-results-day/

Money for Nothing – a blog about the crap you can buy on the TES: https://thestableoyster.wordpress.com/2017/06/10/money-for-nothing/

A response to the Guardian’s Secret Teacher (which seemed to press the wrong buttons): https://thestableoyster.wordpress.com/2017/05/20/speak-for-yourself/

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