Trad and Prog: My Two Penn’orth | jonnywalkerteaching

You may have heard of a Progressives versus Traditionalists debate.

It is among the thornier thickets of EduTwitter. The boundaries of each theoretical/philosophical standpoint are contested. Rumour has it that if a Knowledge Organiser is printed in colour, and given to six children to look at as part of a group work task, everybody dies.

Whilst definitions abound, the lack of an agreed demarcation of what is and is not a ‘progressive teacher’ and a ‘traditional teacher’ makes for a scrappy discourse. Each side points to the other’s ‘looney fringe’ and there is seemingly a mutual…

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Trad and Prog: My Two Penn’orth | jonnywalkerteaching

You may have heard of a Progressives versus Traditionalists debate.

It is among the thornier thickets of EduTwitter. The boundaries of each theoretical/philosophical standpoint are contested. Rumour has it that if a Knowledge Organiser is printed in colour, and given to six children to look at as part of a group work task, everybody dies.

Whilst definitions abound, the lack of an agreed demarcation of what is and is not a ‘progressive teacher’ and a ‘traditional teacher’ makes for a scrappy discourse. Each side points to the other’s ‘looney fringe’ and there is seemingly a mutual…

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Reflections on Voicelessness | jonnywalkerteaching

Being voiceless is horrible. I mean voiceless in both the literal and metaphorical sense, and I write this from my sickbed in a Greek apartment with an uvula the size and shape of a pensioner’s fist. 

For the last six days, I have had acute tonsillitis and it has been, at times, almost impossible to speak and to swallow. 

This really highlighted how central my voice is to everything I do. My entire working life takes place above the neck, and 80% of it just between brain, frownline and mouth. My body often feels like the dilapidated cart that ferries my brain around from desk, to…

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Reflections on Voicelessness | jonnywalkerteaching

Being voiceless is horrible. I mean voiceless in both the literal and metaphorical sense, and I write this from my sickbed in a Greek apartment with an uvula the size and shape of a pensioner’s fist. 

For the last six days, I have had acute tonsillitis and it has been, at times, almost impossible to speak and to swallow. 

This really highlighted how central my voice is to everything I do. My entire working life takes place above the neck, and 80% of it just between brain, frownline and mouth. My body often feels like the dilapidated cart that ferries my brain around from desk, to…

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The Sad Thing That Happened To That Cow | jonnywalkerteaching

On Friday,  I worked with a class of Year 3 children. I had put together some lessons about humour in fiction. We explored what made a good comedic character and we explored the importance of plot. The kids created some characters and then, working with the kids, we put the bare bones of a plot together, keenly attempted to bring their odd characters together. 

Then the kids spent time acting out improvised retellings of the play. I told them that I would write up our story if they behaved themselves, and they were an absolute treat, so this is their story.

 

The Story We Created on Red…

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The Sad Thing That Happened To That Cow | jonnywalkerteaching

On Friday,  I worked with a class of Year 3 children. I had put together some lessons about humour in fiction. We explored what made a good comedic character and we explored the importance of plot. The kids created some characters and then, working with the kids, we put the bare bones of a plot together, keenly attempted to bring their odd characters together. 

Then the kids spent time acting out improvised retellings of the play. I told them that I would write up our story if they behaved themselves, and they were an absolute treat, so this is their story.

 

The Story We Created on Red…

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Dahl-Dependency: Break the Cycle | jonnywalkerteaching

I want to state right from the offset that it was Professor Teresa Cremin who introduced the term of ‘Dahl- Dependency’ to me, when she led our INSET training last Monday.

Research conducted as part of the Teachers as Readers Research Project showed that teachers have a ‘limited and limiting repertoire’ of children’s authors, poets and picture fiction creators. The activity we did was to be challenged to name six children’s authors, six children’s poets and six picture fiction creators (writer/illustrators).

Across all categories, the world of Roald Dahl was considerably more well known….

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