Some people have been asking about the Don’t Look Now extract I used for the structure lesson; here it is: Don’t Look Now by Daphne Du Maurier John and Laura Baxter are on holiday in Venice, trying to recover from the death of their young daughter. In this extract, they are taking a night-time stroll… Continue reading Don’t Look Now
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
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?
I’ve written a detailed guide to DNA by Dennis Kelly – it’s quite a thorough examination of the play (29 pages, and 11000 words), giving it some substance. It’s really for teachers, but my top set students in the past have got something out of it. This is now available as a digital download on lulu.com… Continue reading DNA – A Study Guide
Gothic is felt before it is understood… I took a year 7 class studying gothic; they’d had a few lessons with another teacher and I learned that no-one had told them what gothic was. Their definition of gothic was predictable and understandable: dark, gloomy, monsters and horror, so I gave them two words: decay and… Continue reading Gothick
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