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Advice on the English Language paper

What do you think of this blog post: This much I know about…a step-by-step guide to the writing question on the AQA English Language GCSE Paper 1? Is it right to tell students not to answer the story question? Is … Continue reading

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6 top tips to set high expectations!

Do you need to challenge, motivate and inspire your students? Here are 6 top tips to set high expectations!     1. R-E-S-P-E-C-T You have values, so should your students! Model positive behaviour, DO NOT! I REPEAT… DO NOT TOLERATE BAD … Continue reading

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Media & English PGCE ‘Teacher Advert’ videos

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Tips for meeting TS3

PASSION Be passionate and enthusiastic whilst teaching- not every teacher will like/ or feel confident to teach every aspect of the curriculum but we must find ways of making it relevant i.e. Perhaps you don’t like Shakespeare but you like … Continue reading

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7 things about effective lesson planning:

Always start with what you want them to learn about during the lesson. When creating an effective lesson it is important to keep the lesson objective at the heart of the lesson, informing each strand of the lesson, (see diagram … Continue reading

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11 important points NATE make about the English NC

NATE published an important response to the 2015 National Curriculum for English. The full report is here, but I have pasted in the summing up points at the end of the document as they provide both an excellent summary of … Continue reading

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The dialectical essay: 8 key points

Definition: dialectic noun  1. the art of investigating or discussing the truth of opinions. synonyms: reasoning, argumentation, contention, logic; More The overall idea. This is an essay which deals with thesis (argument) and antithesis (counter-argument), which leads to synthesis (a … Continue reading

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13 Ways of Teaching Essay Writing

Encourage free writing to begin with. Tell students not to worry what they write: just write what they know to begin with. The important thing is to get into the practice of writing. You only know the beginning when you … Continue reading

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The two types of essay: inductive and deductive

There are two major intellectual processes that usually go on in most essays: deductive and inductive reasoning. Deductive reasoning starts with making general points, formulating a generalized argument and then looking at the particular. For example, if you were writing … Continue reading

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8 things English teachers should know about the Enlightenment

No one is quite sure when the Enlightenment Period begins and ends. Some French historians argue that it happened between 1715-1789, when the French Revolution started. Other commentators believe it began in the 1620s with the emergence of the scientific revolution … Continue reading

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