This is a transcript of Amanda Gorman’s poem which was performed at the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on 20th January 2021. You can see the poem being performed here. Buy Gorman’s first collection here. I hope this is useful for you – the history and power of political poetry is a giftContinue reading “Inauguration Day Poem by Amanda Gorman”
When we teach literature, what is it for? Critical reading, analysis, exploration and appreciation of the writer’s craft… In my heart I know that literature is broad and beautiful but, very often, particularly when preparing exam classes, I get too focused on the product. That is, the essay: a series of nice, tidy paragraphs whichContinue reading “What are we reading for? A helpful list for students…”
Getting started in September with Y11 is always a challenge, even if they have been your class in Y10 and they’ve had a really consistent diet. Throw in a global pandemic, months of home learning (or not-learning), uncertainty and possible trauma for some, and things become very complicated indeed. Forgive me for using an obscureContinue reading “Knowledge and Skill Audits: know your team”
n.b. In this post, I will use the terms ‘people of colour’ and ‘BAME’ to describe myself and others. These are terms which I am comfortable with, but not everybody likes them, and everyone has the right to be described in whichever way they choose. If you’re not sure: ask. Teachers are the most resilient,Continue reading “Time for a change”
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