Tag Archives: writing

5 things every new (secondary) teacher should know about writing

Academic success is dependent on students being able to communicate their understanding of a subject and, sooner or later, that communication will be written. For many secondary teachers writing is something that just happens;

The Capital Letter Problem – Part 1

I have almost never met a secondary age child who doesn’t conceptually understand how to use a capital letter.* But, you’d never know. Students regularly hand in work liberally sprinkled with missing

Negative framing and No Pens Days

The framing effect is an example of cognitive bias, in which our reaction choices depends on whether it they are presented as a loss or a gain. Our tendency is to avoid risks when they’re framed

Do we value pupils’ writing?

Why do we ask pupils to write? There may be very many answers to that question but in my experience of working with teachers and observing lessons, overwhelmingly, teachers ask pupils to write

A simple theory about writing

The first thing to say is this is not in any way supposed to be a complete or unified theory – I’m well aware that there are many other important strands to

The mathematics of writing

A mathematician, like a painter or a poet, is a maker of patterns… The mathematician’s patterns, like the painter’s or the poet’s must be beautiful; the ideas like the colours or the

The Matthew Effect – why literacy is so important

Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. Matthew 13:12 In the world of the

Slow Writing: how slowing down can improve your writing

NB – my latest thinking on Slow Writing can be found here. Exam season is nearly upon us and English departments across the land will be gearing up to the Herculean labour