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Wise Blood – Flannery O’Connor

Just finished reading Flannery O’Connor’s southern gothic novel Wise Blood (also filmed by John Huston in 1979 and starring the wonderful Brad Dourif). Here’s the opening to the novel and some ideas about teaching structure and viewpoint.   Wise Blood – Flannery O’Connor (1952) This is the opening to a novel that is set in… Continue reading Wise Blood – Flannery O’Connor

AQA · Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde · Teaching Ideas

Feedback – harmony or distortion?

A few quotes to begin… Feedback is information given to the learner and/or the teacher about the learner’s performance relative to learning goals. It should aim to (and be capable of) producing improvement in students’ learning. Feedback redirects or refocuses either the teacher’s or the learner’s actions to achieve a goal, by aligning effort and… Continue reading Feedback – harmony or distortion?

Teaching Ideas

Wordy-rapping hood; talking down techniques

Two things. First, I’ve blogged about the atrophy of moving image in English studies here; recently, I read another superb blog about how we’re becoming obsessed with techniques here,  putting the cart before the horse. As I reach the end of my second decade of teaching, and having marked year 10 exams in which students… Continue reading Wordy-rapping hood; talking down techniques