Memory, Childhood and School | jonnywalkerteaching

One of the highlights of my childhood was the period of time I spent as Doncaster’s Under 9s Badminton Champion. It was a difficult tournament that I had to win to get the title; though I had a bit of luck on my side, in the end, talent shone through. Friends would ask me to play and I would feel the need to warn them of my preternatural talent before we got out our racquets and withdrew the shuttlecocks.

The most remarkable thing about my time as Doncaster’s Under 9 Badminton Champion, though, is that it didn’t exist. Never had I ever played badminton and, in fact, I was unusually…

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5 Reasons Why Edu Twitter Is Good | jonnywalkerteaching

Later this week I’m meeting up with a friend to help her set up a Twitter profile and a teacher blog, and to help get her established. It shouldn’t be too much of a struggle as she is already a stupendously good teacher with a lot to say, and she is keen to get started.

Nonetheless it got me thinking about why teachers might want to get into Twitter in the first place. It is hard to explain EduTwitter to someone who doesn’t do it without it sounding like a horrific debating club that has access to you 24 hours a day.

So then, as I lie in a grateful stupor in bed thanks to what happened in…

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5 Reasons Why Edu Twitter Is Good | jonnywalkerteaching

Later this week I’m meeting up with a friend to help her set up a Twitter profile and a teacher blog, and to help get her established. It shouldn’t be too much of a struggle as she is already a stupendously good teacher with a lot to say, and she is keen to get started.

Nonetheless it got me thinking about why teachers might want to get into Twitter in the first place. It is hard to explain EduTwitter to someone who doesn’t do it without it sounding like a horrific debating club that has access to you 24 hours a day.

So then, as I lie in a grateful stupor in bed thanks to what happened in…

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A Modest Proposal To Fix Our Broken Education System | jonnywalkerteaching

It is a melancholy object to those who traverse the classrooms of this great country, when they see the schools cluttered with tattered books filled with pupils’ thoughts – sellotaped together by similarly tattered teachers – and witness the grey clouds of curiosity billowing over the young like a bad smog.

I think it is agreed by all parties that the prodigious number of children who pass through our primary schools still having retained a naive and selfish sense of independent thought shames our diligent, collegiate and industrious nation. Indeed, the greatest question of our times is how…

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A Modest Proposal To Fix Our Broken Education System | jonnywalkerteaching

It is a melancholy object to those who traverse the classrooms of this great country, when they see the schools cluttered with tattered books filled with pupils’ thoughts – sellotaped together by similarly tattered teachers – and witness the grey clouds of curiosity billowing over the young like a bad smog.

I think it is agreed by all parties that the prodigious number of children who pass through our primary schools still having retained a naive and selfish sense of independent thought shames our diligent, collegiate and industrious nation. Indeed, the greatest question of our times is how…

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Improv(is)e Your Storytelling | jonnywalkerteaching

Storytelling is a beautiful thing. I gladly allow it to leak across my timetable, and find it hard to cull a good session when the kids are interested. It is memorable for them, and even with the older ones I teach, the act of pausing the daily routine, getting down onto the carpet, is one they really look forward to. One of my favourite happenings in my current school, having been there nearly a year now, remains the time I spent reading The Imaginary to my Year 5s last year. Eyes were wide, minds engaged, emotions locked-in. When it was gloriously sunny in July, I would sack off the planned…

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Improv(is)e Your Storytelling | jonnywalkerteaching

Storytelling is a beautiful thing. I gladly allow it to leak across my timetable, and find it hard to cull a good session when the kids are interested. It is memorable for them, and even with the older ones I teach, the act of pausing the daily routine, getting down onto the carpet, is one they really look forward to. One of my favourite happenings in my current school, having been there nearly a year now, remains the time I spent reading The Imaginary to my Year 5s last year. Eyes were wide, minds engaged, emotions locked-in. When it was gloriously sunny in July, I would sack off the planned…

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