NATE Classroom

Articles from Vol. 17, Summer

25 Ways to Differentiate
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Here are 25 quick fire ideas to add an element of differentiation into your lesson. They are grouped under different headings but most could be adapted to apply to a different activity or class style. Many of them leave choices...
A Confusion of Princes
A Confusion Of Princes Garth Nix Harper Collins 2012 ISBN 9780007298358 Paperback 6.99 [pounds sterling] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] It has been a long wait for fans of the Old Kingdom, Garth Nix has just written his first book aimed at...
A Group of Writings
This is the second issue of Classroom to feature creative writing by members of teachers' writing groups. Prose and poems sit alongside teachers' reflections on belonging to a writing group, with commentaries on their particular pieces. Founders...
All Fall Down
All Fall Down Sally Nicholls Marion Lloyd Books ISBN 9781407121727 Paperback 7.99 [pounds sterling] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Sally Nicholl's first novel was the excellent Ways to live forever--a moving, first-person account of a young...
A Multicultural English Language
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] 'The whites have turned black ... Black and white, boy and girl operate in this language together, this language, which is wholly false, which is this Jamaican patois that has intruded in England.' When David Starkey uttered...
An Olympic Vision
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Did you really think you could escape the Olympics? Not immune to the anticipation of multicultural peaks of excellence culminating in London 2012, I had my own vision too. I wanted to work with a colleague to see what could...
A Practical Guide to Shakespeare for the Primary School (50 Lesson Plans Using Drama)
A Practical Guide to Shakespeare for the Primary School (50 Lesson Plans using Drama) John Doona David Fulton 2012 ISBN 9780415610421 Paperback 29.99 [pounds sterling] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] There is no questioning John Doona's passion...
Blossoms and Shadows
Blossoms and Shadows Lian Hearn Quercus 2012 ISBN 9780857382979 Paperback 12.99 [pounds sterling] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] As a fan of Lian Hearn's magnificent Tales of the Otori, I looked forward to reading her attempt at a more historical...
Challenging Assumptions
All the resources mentioned (in bold) in this article are freely available for the life of this issue on the special NATE Classroom page at teachit.co.uk/nateclassroom At a recent world music choir convention I bumped into an old friend. She praised...
Clear-Sited
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Multicultural education A search for on-line teaching resources should start with NATE! Rather hidden from view at the moment is a big collection of ideas and resources developed by Global Education and published by NATE,...
From Grains of Sand to Solid Rocks: More Work for the NATE Multicultural and Diversity Committee
The work of the NATE Multicultural Committee has always been one of advocacy. Committee members have shared a vision to persuade and share enjoyment of new writing. Our publications, containing reviews and summaries, have represented the tip of an...
Grammar for Writing: Discovering What Year 8 Students Know about Language
Given the likely renewed emphasis on grammar in the forthcoming revised National Curriculum, it is important to think about what our young writers know about language. In the Grammar for Writing study carried out by the University of Exeter, one of...
ICT Hints & Tips: A Series from NATE's ICT Committee
Animation: where to start? All kinds of topics can be brought to life through the use of animation: we've all seen the videos of anthology poems on YouTube (not that we can get to them in school!) but it is incredibly easy to make them with our...
Improving Literacy with ICT
Improving Literacy with ICT Trevor Millum Continuum 2012 ISBN 9781441192394 Paperback 17.99 [pounds sterling] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] What I like about all of Trevor Millum's work is that he is so aware of the possibilities and limitations...
In Conversation with Andrew Motion
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] So where did the impetus to write Silver come from? It was a little while after I'd stood down as Laureate. I'd absorbed Treasure Island almost by osmosis during my childhood. But I properly read it when I was about 17,...
Literacy Standards
Sir Michael Wilshaw, HM Chief Inspector, does not seem to be a man to beat about the bush when he wants to say something. Following on from the publication of the Ofsted report, in March (see pages 13-15), he argued that progress on literacy standards...
Mark My Words ... the Confessions of a Board Sp Examiner
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a teacher in possession of a basic salary must be in want of a means to supplement it. One time-honoured method is by the marking of public examinations. There is no sound quite...
Mockingbird
Mockingbird Kathryn Erskine Usborne 2012 ISBN 9781409538585 Paperback. 6.99 [pounds sterling] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Mockingbird, by award-winning author Kathryn Erskine, is unlike anything I've read before. It is a moving story of...
Movies: A Multicultural Experience
'I am from Iran and there are some in the school who know me, but do not know my history or my background, and don't think that my country is a normal one. This film (Persepolis) is a very good starting point to explain your history,' says a 13-year-old...
Moving English Forward in Primary and Secondary Schools
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The recent Ofsted report on English (Moving | English Forward; action to raise standards in j English [110118], Ofsted, 2012) aims to answer ^ two related questions: what is the current state of English in schools and how...
Multicultural English in the Primary Classroom
All the resources mentioned (in bold) in this article are freely available for the life of this issue on the special NATE Classroom page at: teachitprimary.co.uk/nateclassroom One of the best ways to teach children about new and exciting experiences...
Newly Qualified Reflections
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Back to the future Trying to remember when I was still training at this point last year, and the teacher I imagined I would become, is not as easy as I thought it would be; my expectations for this year are scattered somewhere...
Picture This
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Miss, I don't know how to start! 'All', Debbie Harry wanted was, 'a room with a view/A sight worth seeing.' Well, picture this, a classroom with a view across Sheffield: a golf course, allotments in a valley, another comprehensive...
Resources for Teaching English 11-14
Resources for Teaching English 11-14 Helena Ceranic Continuum 2011 ISBN 9781441102119 Paperback 29.99 [pounds sterling] (price includes online resources) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In brief, this book contains 72 ready-to-teach hour-long...
Smart English Survival
Smart English Survival Annabel Wall Smart Learning Ltd 2012 ISBN 9781842762188/9 Student's/Teacher's Books 9.00 [pounds sterling]/99.00 [pounds sterling] CD-ROM 150.00 [pounds sterling] (* The Resource CD-ROM is an optional addition...
Soonchild
Soonchild Russell Hoban Illustrated by Alexis Deacon Walker Books 2012 ISBN 9781406329919 Hardback 9.99 [pounds sterling] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] This is the penultimate book by Russell Hoban to be published, as he died on 13th...
SOS Eal :-O :'-(
A quick search for EAL on the Teachit discussion boards will reveal that for many English teachers, anticipating the arrival of non-English speaking students in the mainstream classroom provokes much exclamation! And little wonder. In the current political...
Talking about Multicultural Literature
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A recent visit to Argentina reminded me how native English speakers are linguistically challenged in foreign lands, if they try and speak a new language rather than just expect others to speak English. This experience, of...
Teaching English as an Additional Language 5-11 (A Whole-School Resource File)
Teaching English as an Additional Language 5-11 (A whole-school resource file) Caroline Scott Routledge/David Fulton 2011 ISBN 9780415586566 Hardcover 150.00 [pounds sterling] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] That more and more schools and...
Teaching Poetry
Teaching Poetry Amanda Naylor and Audrey B Wood Routledge 2012 ISBN 9780415585682 Paperback 22.99 [pounds sterling] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] This book takes a stance with which this reviewer agrees most strongly. The authors wish to...
TEACHIT/NATE Competition Winner
During the 'NATE week on Teachit' in May, we asked visitors to the site to enter a competition to describe a most memorable lesson in no more than 300 words. The winner was Clare Rees, from Villiers High School, Southall and her winning entry is here...
Teachit Round-Up
Looking ahead ... While you're probably in the full throes of exam season, there is light at the end of the tunnel. We promise! When you've kicked the last student out of the exam hall and tidied away the various books scattered around the classroom...
Theme for This Issue: Multicultural English
It is always interested to see how a theme, once 'let loose', will finally be adopted and interpreted by contributors to Classroom. I was particularly interested this time, since the term 'multicultural' has often provoked dissatisfaction and even...
The Power of Multicultural Picture Books
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] My school is like many across the country. It is not in a large, multicultural city and does not accommodate a culturally diverse population. However, we have embraced the challenge to produce 21st century global citizens--even...
Using Children's Books to Explore Multiculturalism in Its Less Visible Forms
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] At Seven Stories we believe that children and young people should be able to choose and enjoy books that reflect the lives of young people from different cultures in the world today. Today, Britain's under 16s come from more...
What's NALDIC?
NALDIC (the National Association for Language Development in the Curriculum) began in 1992 as a germ of an idea in the minds of several people working in what was then termed ESL, who saw the need to establish a national association to share expertise...
Wonder
Wonder R.J Palacio Random House Children's Books 12.99 [pounds sterling] ISBN 978-0-370-33228-4 [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] What enticed me to read this book was its front cover, and more importantly, its thought provoking blurb: 'Don't...
Words and Pictures
Words and Pictures Helen de Silva Joyce and John Gaudin Phoenix Education ISBN 9781921586231 24.95 [pounds sterling] (Can be ordered via info@nate.org.uk) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] This is a worthy book originally published in Australia--that...
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