‘If Not Later, When?’ Teaching clocklessly. | jonnywalkerteaching

If not later, when?

Teaching is tightly timed.

Given the number of children taught in schools, the number of lessons going on simultaneously and the need for children to access a certain breadth of curriculum, things are tightly sequenced and scheduled so every child has a body in the room telling them stuff.

A typical week in a primary school might require the cramming in of 5 English lessons, 5 maths lessons, a history/geography, a science, two PEs, RE, Computing, Art and Design, some assemblies, some reading time, some PSHCE and a smattering of collective worship. This could not…

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‘If Not Later, When?’ Teaching clocklessly. | jonnywalkerteaching

If not later, when?

Teaching is tightly timed.

Given the number of children taught in schools, the number of lessons going on simultaneously and the need for children to access a certain breadth of curriculum, things are tightly sequenced and scheduled so every child has a body in the room telling them stuff.

A typical week in a primary school might require the cramming in of 5 English lessons, 5 maths lessons, a history/geography, a science, two PEs, RE, Computing, Art and Design, some assemblies, some reading time, some PSHCE and a smattering of collective worship. This could not…

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Empathy, imagination and children’s stories | jonnywalkerteaching

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In lots of schools (and here is a cause to rejoice!) there is a renewed energy around the power of reading, and the benefits that can come about from children developing a real ‘love of reading’. The idea that books are a good thing for children is hardly revolutionary, but what is certainly novel to me at least (no pun intended) is that so many teachers are now talking about children’s storybooks in their staffrooms. Beyond the joy of reading for its own sake though, reading can be a vehicle for so much more. Reading can help teach children to empathise, to…

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Empathy, imagination and children’s stories | jonnywalkerteaching

Featured on the Scholastic Blog

In lots of schools (and here is a cause to rejoice!) there is a renewed energy around the power of reading, and the benefits that can come about from children developing a real ‘love of reading’. The idea that books are a good thing for children is hardly revolutionary, but what is certainly novel to me at least (no pun intended) is that so many teachers are now talking about children’s storybooks in their staffrooms. Beyond the joy of reading for its own sake though, reading can be a vehicle for so much more. Reading can help teach children to empathise, to…

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Teaching with: Can I Build Another Me? | jonnywalkerteaching

Can I Build Another Me? – Shinsuke Yoshitake

I cannot remember exactly who first mentioned this book on Twitter a few years ago, but to whoever it was, I am eternally grateful. This esoteric little book is a brilliant one to share, it is visually arresting and is such a great book to teach with.

The idea of it is that a little boy called Kevin wants to make another Kevin who can do his domestic chores, so he saves up his money and buys a robot. In order for the robot to act like and look like Kevin, he needs to fill it with all the information about himself. Each page shows something…

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Teaching with: Can I Build Another Me? | jonnywalkerteaching

Can I Build Another Me? – Shinsuke Yoshitake

I cannot remember exactly who first mentioned this book on Twitter a few years ago, but to whoever it was, I am eternally grateful. This esoteric little book is a brilliant one to share, it is visually arresting and is such a great book to teach with.

The idea of it is that a little boy called Kevin wants to make another Kevin who can do his domestic chores, so he saves up his money and buys a robot. In order for the robot to act like and look like Kevin, he needs to fill it with all the information about himself. Each page shows something…

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2017 Stuff of the Year Awards | jonnywalkerteaching

Earworm of the Year

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This quirky album sees Peter Gregson reimagine Prokofiev. The ‘Jerk Driver’ tune has been in my head for an alarming amount of time.

Book of the Year

I read this a lot earlier in the year but it was so well-written, poignant and sad, it has stayed with me all year. Aravind Adiga is well known for The White Tiger, and this is his third book.

Children’s Book of the Year

‘The Imaginary’ by AF Harrold is one of the most enjoyable books I’ve had the pleasure to read aloud with kids. In turns, it is…

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