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Articles from No. 12, Autumn

Any English Questions
A regular feature which invites questions on the chosen theme for Classroom each term. We have narrowed down this issue's theme of Special Need to 'English as an Additional Language', which shares the spotlight with questions about 'Gifted and Talented'...
A Year in the Life of a 1:1 Tutor
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Having claimed my teachers' pension a bit early (and how glad I am I did) I found myself in the fortunate position of being able to work part-time. Last September I was given the opportunity to take part in the government...
Barrington Stoke Books: Inspiring Reluctant Readers
Barrington Stoke books help every child to love reading. They publish for reluctant, dyslexic and struggling readers--kids who find reading difficult, or who aren't yet ready to cope with long books, or who simply don't enjoy books. Barrington Stoke...
Beyond the Crossroads (Part Two)
This is the second half of the article featured in Classroom no. 11 based on last year's Ofsted report on English. It continues the summary of ideas and opinions arising from four discussion groups at a conference of primary and secondary teachers...
Book Awards for 2010
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Summer 2010 brought forth whooping and punching of the air by an interesting variety of children's book award winners. The breadth and originality of the titles short listed for these major prizes seems to suggest that even...
Can Anyone Be Gifted?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] I had the enormous good fortune to attend a comprehensive school. I got the A Levels I needed to be where I am today, but the most important lesson I ever had was Victoria Sandwich in first year Home Economics. Each week the...
Clear-Sited
As Gifted and Talented and Enrichment Coordinator for English (and yes I know the title is more than a little ridiculous!) I find myself pondering from time to time the magnitude of work I could consider as 'mine.' Since taking up this position the...
Developing Gifts and Talents in English (Part One)
It's happening again--fuelled by coalitionist endorsement of deep-rooted substitutes for thinking--political tails are wagging the educational dog. The 'Free' school' is the latest extrusion from the educational posterior, trumpeting fundamentalist...
EAL Advice 'Off the Peg'
Are there pupils in your class who 'have EAL'? Described like this it sounds a bit painful--like impetigo or athlete's foot. Something that needs to be cured? Something that requires an expert to deal with? Certainly when I started working with pupils...
Evolving English: One Language, Many Voices: Ever Been 'Read the Riot Act' or Wondered Why 'Love Is Blind' and Good Friends Are the 'Salt of the Earth'? Why Do Americans Say Fall but Britons Say Autumn? Are You Sitting Reading This, or Sat Reading This? Just How Did the Invention of Printing Change the World, and How Is the Internet Changing How We Write in the 21st Century?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] On November 12th at the British Library, the world's first ever exhibition exploring the English language in all its national and international diversity is set to open. Iconic manuscripts and printed books will be on show...
Examining a Set Text-To Kill a Mockingbird Fifty Years On
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] New York, 1958. A woman in her early thirties scrabbles in the snow for the pages she has just thrown out of her apartment window in a moment of frustrated madness. Her name is Harper Lee, newly arrived to the city from a...
Extract
The extract on the following pages comes from Dear Dylan, one Df the books short-listed for the YoungMinds Book Award 2010. YoungMinds is a UK national charity committed to improving the mental health and emotional well-being of all children and...
Find out Why You'll Want Your Students to Talk in Class
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] At the National Literacy Trust we know when the public hear the word 'literacy' they generally think of reading and writing. But 'literacy' is really the potent combination of four essential skills which all support each other--reading,...
GCSE English Literature for OCR
GCSE English Literature for OCR Student Book D.C. Coleman et al Oxford University Press 2010 ISBN 9780198329480 15.00 [pounds sterling] 164 pp [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] OCR and Teachit have collaborated to produce this new GCSE English...
How Meta-Fictional Alchemy Turned Fool's Gold to Pure Gold
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] English teaching is a wonderful, if at times over 4 whelming responsibility. Every child's economic security depends on the acquisition of basic literacy skills and the mastery of their language '5...
Including All and Aiming High
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Inclusion is a subject very close to my heart. I have a great belief that all pupils will achieve more when challenged, that all too often pupils of low ability are given dull and boring exercises...
Investigating Spoken Language
Investigating Spoken Language English and Media Centre EMC Resources for GCSE DVD with 128-page wirobound, photocopiable book 95.00 [pounds sterling] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The introduction of 'Spoken Language Study' to GCSE English...
Let's Get Whizzy!
We all know that a typical primary class can be somewhat disparate with students at all stages of ability and with all sorts of talents. At one end of the scale there are SEN children who sometimes struggle with basic concepts of literacy and numeracy,...
Lottie Biggs Is NOT Desperate
Lottie Biggs is NOT Desperate (subtitled 'Three weeks in the grip of a womanly urge') Hayley Long Pan Macmillan 2010 ISBN 9780330479752 Paperback 5.99 [pounds sterling] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] When I first saw the title and cover...
My Special School
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In January 1999 I arrived at Valence School in Kent to take up the post of Head of English. I had previously worked my way to Head of Drama at a mainstream comprehensive and had been a teacher for four years at that point....
School Trip to the British Library Exhibition 'Evolving English: One Language, Many Voices' 12 November 2010-3 April 2011
It's a curious phrase 'the class trip'. I write it and feel my skin thickening to educational dinosaur as I remember a naked King Lear at the Hackney Empire, last post at the Menin Gate, The Relapse at Stratford, Blake at the Tate, and several years...
Special Arrangements
These days I live only by special arrangement with my doctors. They are encouraging in a casual, matter-of-fact way. It's as though they fear that if they are too enthusiastic I might assume they have something to hide and draw the obvious conclusion...
Special Needs Pupils-High Expectations for All?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] For teachers, October sees the heady days of the new September intake fading into the distance as the hard work of a new academic year begins. If you are lucky enough to work in a school that has a strong transition programme...
Talk for Creative Writing
Talk for Creative Writing Fiction Talk For Writing Box Developed with Pie Corbett TTS, 2010 29.99 [pounds sterling] ex-VAT [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] It is seldom that I have taken a copy of something that I am reviewing into a classroom...
Teaching First: How 'Teach First' Inspired Me to Work in the Area of Special Educational Needs
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] It was October in my final year at University when my tutor suggested I start looking at jobs for when I graduate. I was interested in training in Law and had never considered teaching until I was walking through the cloisters...
Teachit Round-Up
What's new on Teachit? What's going on in the Teachit Staffroom? Read on to find out ... Spinning plates? All English teachers know how to spin a dozen plates while performing loop the loops with a yoyo and keeping three footballs in the air...
The Death-Defying Pepper Roux
The Death-defying Pepper Roux Geraldine McCaughrean, illustrated by Chris Inns Oxford University Press 2009 Paperback 6.99 [pounds sterling] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Strange how things work out. This summer, for the first time ever,...
The Inclusive After-School Club
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The formality of learning within today's curriculum and classroom can prove challenging when trying to engage learners from such a broad spectrum of ability. How do we boost the confidence of those 20 per cent of students...
Theme for This Issue: Special Needs/gifted and Talented
The more we discussed possible articles for this issue, the more sensible it seemed that we were looking at both of these areas at the same time, considering them side by side. It's a moot point as to whether the words we use for the categories here...