Political Leanings | sputniksteve

There’s been a few blog posts of late that attempt to align “traditionalists” in teaching with right-wing, neo-liberal political ideologies. Some of these blog posts have been written by people who appear to have some kind of vendetta, and have been found on Twitter hurling abuse at those who disagree with them, as documented by @oldandrewuk.

On a personal level, it appears that I have been aligned with the traditionalist end of the trad/prog spectrum; looking back on a post from a few years ago it wasn’t how I might have labelled myself then, but I have done since. Taking Old Andrew’s…

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Learning Lessons about Language #EduDiscourse | sputniksteve

I was on the end of a teachable moment recently. In fact two teachable moments. And I’m very grateful for them.

For reasons I can’t be bothered to go into, I’d tweeted a link to this blog post from a few months ago. In that post, I critiqued a particular view about differentiation. I received this tweet in reply from @lazymum:

@sputniksteve @oldandrewuk @nottsyossarian Little friendly tip though, the word ‘suffer’ when talking about disabled children is problematic. Try using ‘has’ less value ladened

— Georgina Sait (@lazymum) April 8, 2017

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Political Leanings | sputniksteve

There’s been a few blog posts of late that attempt to align “traditionalists” in teaching with right-wing, neo-liberal political ideologies. Some of these blog posts have been written by people who appear to have some kind of vendetta, and have been found on Twitter hurling abuse at those who disagree with them, as documented by @oldandrewuk.

On a personal level, it appears that I have been aligned with the traditionalist end of the trad/prog spectrum; looking back on a post from a few years ago it wasn’t how I might have labelled myself then, but I have done since. Taking Old Andrew’s…

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Learning Lessons about Language #EduDiscourse | sputniksteve

I was on the end of a teachable moment recently. In fact two teachable moments. And I’m very grateful for them.

For reasons I can’t be bothered to go into, I’d tweeted a link to this blog post from a few months ago. In that post, I critiqued a particular view about differentiation. I received this tweet in reply from @lazymum:

@sputniksteve @oldandrewuk @nottsyossarian Little friendly tip though, the word ‘suffer’ when talking about disabled children is problematic. Try using ‘has’ less value ladened

— Georgina Sait (@lazymum) April 8, 2017

A short while later, I received this tweet…

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“Reading” | sputniksteve

Hello. How’s things?

So, I asked for some suggestions as to what to write a blog about. I didn’t get many. But I did get this one:

@sputniksteve Trad vs progs through the eyes of phonics debate

— Naureen (@5N_Afzal) April 3, 2017

And then Naureen beat me to it.

The discussion around this topic has been fascinating, and has been going on for a long time. Specifically, the debate over phonics continues to be an issue around which the debate spins. Of course, this has been an issue for some time now, with proponents of phonics claiming it is the best way to teach reading, and critics…

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“Reading” | sputniksteve

Hello. How’s things?

So, I asked for some suggestions as to what to write a blog about. I didn’t get many. But I did get this one:

@sputniksteve Trad vs progs through the eyes of phonics debate 🙂

— Naureen (@5N_Afzal) April 3, 2017

And then Naureen beat me to it.

The discussion around this topic has been fascinating, and has been going on for a long time. Specifically, the debate over phonics continues to be an issue around which the debate spins. Of course, this has been an issue for some time now, with proponents of phonics claiming it is the best way to teach reading, and…

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The Language and Discourse of Teaching Job Adverts | sputniksteve

Following my post about #EduTwitter’s response to an advert placed on the TES Jobs website by a certain free school, I’ve been contemplating the messages that lie beneath the surface of the language used in advertisements for teaching vacancies. In this post, I’d like to begin a critical look at that language and, more importantly, the discourses that such language reflects.

Before I begin, I think it might be worth offering a definition of discourse. However, this isn’t so easy. To begin with, dictionary.com offers these definitions:

 

noun1….

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