Mirror: Teaching Multimodal Literacy | jonnywalkerteaching

Throughout my training, and indeed my life, I hadn’t heard of the idea of multimodal literacy. In my NQT year, I worked with an incredible teacher named Jane Bednall, and with my difficult class, she and I worked together on a multimodal project around the book ‘Mirror’ by Jeannie Baker. Jane’s masterful teaching showed a different way of doing things, and the project – which explored the idea of family and what this might mean to different people – gave space for all children to think, reflect and create. It is rich in questioning and developing inference, and every time I have taught it…

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Mirror: Teaching Multimodal Literacy | jonnywalkerteaching

Throughout my training, and indeed my life, I hadn’t heard of the idea of multimodal literacy. In my NQT year, I worked with an incredible teacher named Jane Bednall, and with my difficult class, she and I worked together on a multimodal project around the book ‘Mirror’ by Jeannie Baker. Jane’s masterful teaching showed a different way of doing things, and the project – which explored the idea of family and what this might mean to different people – gave space for all children to think, reflect and create. It is rich in questioning and developing inference, and every time I have taught it…

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Make kids choose books even though everything thing else is easier and also good. | jonnywalkerteaching

When I gathered my little bundle of gifts together at the end of the term, whilst I am grateful for the sentiment behind them and the kindness this reflects, I am more bothered about the cards. With regards the cards, if it just says ‘Thanks for teaching me’ or ‘World’s best teacher evahhhh’, I’ll smile but I won’t keep it. Not being mean or anything, but in my life I’m going to be teaching a lot of kids, so I’ll not be keeping every one. Some do hit home though.

This time around, I received a card from a girl in my class who thanked me specifically for reading to her and for giving her…

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Make kids choose books even though everything thing else is easier and also good. | jonnywalkerteaching

When I gathered my little bundle of gifts together at the end of the term, whilst I am grateful for the sentiment behind them and the kindness this reflects, I am more bothered about the cards. With regards the cards, if it just says ‘Thanks for teaching me’ or ‘World’s best teacher evahhhh’, I’ll smile but I won’t keep it. Not being mean or anything, but in my life I’m going to be teaching a lot of kids, so I’ll not be keeping every one. Some do hit home though.

This time around, I received a card from a girl in my class who thanked me specifically for reading to her and for giving her…

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On one term as a senior leader | jonnywalkerteaching

I have been an Assistant Headteacher for a term now. I left my first school at Easter and this new job is a step up and a step out of the comfort zone. I haven’t felt very able to write about it as I have been so immersed in doing it.

I cannot believe it has only been one term. Already, my mind buzzes with a range of new faces, new names and new values. I can retire for the summer feeling optimistic and positive, after having had a real emotional slump over the last fortnight, and I feel pretty strong looking at the challenges of next academic year.

I won’t pretend that I am not generally…

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On one term as a senior leader | jonnywalkerteaching

I have been an Assistant Headteacher for a term now. I left my first school at Easter and this new job is a step up and a step out of the comfort zone. I haven’t felt very able to write about it as I have been so immersed in doing it.

I cannot believe it has only been one term. Already, my mind buzzes with a range of new faces, new names and new values. I can retire for the summer feeling optimistic and positive, after having had a real emotional slump over the last fortnight, and I feel pretty strong looking at the challenges of next academic year.

I won’t pretend that I am not generally…

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5 Tips to be a Better Storyteller | jonnywalkerteaching

I was delivering an assembly last week, and was explaining to Year 3 and Year 5 all about our upcoming Careers Day. I told them how amazing it was that we had so many teachers in our school who had done so many things as well as teaching – we have writers, lawyers, a stand-up comedian… It shames me, I told them, because “all I can do is read stories to you lot … and I can read spreadsheets”

One kid in my class, who is now firmly and irrevocably lodged in my positive regard, piped up to say

“Sir, you’re like an expert storyteller.”

I’ll take a compliment where it is due, I am pretty good…

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