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Please – No More Chapter Questions!

Please – No More Chapter Questions!

Nothing is more surely designed to drown any flickering student interest in a book than chapter questions. Honestly, if there is a good reason why we still do this it is beyond my comprehension. And this is the point isn’t it?  Comprehension. I have always loved to...

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The Reasons I hate Book-Hire Schemes for English

The Reasons I hate Book-Hire Schemes for English

When it comes to text books for many subjects, hire-book schemes can be really helpful. Many of these books are expensive to buy and as they are used year after year it makes sense to ensure that all students have access. However I think they are deadly for English...

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How to Manage the ‘END.’

How to Manage the ‘END.’

This is always a strange time of year for me. Colleagues in the Northern hemisphere are in the process of winding down and preparing for their long break, while down here in the Southern regions teachers are up to their eyeballs in the busiest time of their year....

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Framing the moment.

Framing the moment.

I was reading Frederick Buechner this morning and he was talking about Art. All Art, not just the visual. As an author, he was talking most about literature and its ability to take a simple event or action and frame it in such a way that we actually notice it. The...

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