Category Archives: teaching

An Unhelpful Wednesday Day

Ever had a day when try your best, the technology both human and machine deserts you? Today in the Apocalypse that happened. Not in the big ways but in small accumulations that cause groans of despair rather outright temper tantrums. Slow Internet began the day, or rather it ended the night before. I had a […]

An Unhelpful Wednesday Day

Ever had a day when try your best, the technology both human and machine deserts you? Today in the Apocalypse that happened. Not in the big ways but in small accumulations that cause groans of despair rather outright temper tantrums. Slow Internet began the day, or rather it ended the night before. I had a […]

A Frustratingly Ranty Day

Technology is a wonderful thing… Assuming it works. If/when it doesn’t… When I started teaching technology was an overhead projector and whiteboard and a photocopier; replacements to the outmoded chalk board and bander machine of my youth. Now we have computers, interactive screens, and all manner of technology. All of which require that voodoo called […]

Apr 21

A Most Frustrating Day

As a teacher I am used to things going wrong, a child’s pen exploding, the computer refusing to boot, the screen freezing: A bomb scare (on my first teaching prac, during my first observation). But none of that, not even sitting in the school’s old TB wing for bomb disposal to sound the all clear, […]

To Video Edit or not…

Teaching in the virtual world resumes on Monday and as you know I’ve been trying to find ways to get round the need to explain Macbeth to Year 10 without being in the same room, compromising GDPR and other such minefields. Thanks to a media savvy teaching friend of mine, I found a lovely piece […]

Apr 16

Thursday of the Apocalypse

Short post from me today. I need to break the back of the WIP if I am to complete the first draft by the time I return to the virtual classroom on Monday. So I shall leave you with this thought: you know you’ve been at home too long when you try to log on […]

Apr 15

Contemplating Macbeth and Othello

The last couple of days have been about getting my head around how I’m going to teach Macbeth, the play not the person, via the virtual world that is school during the apocalypse. The kind of kids I teach find Shakespeare a struggle at the best of times. He talks old fashioned, they add a […]