Why I’d Take Growth Over Achievement

By the end of last week, I learned that chutzpah has a silent ‘c’. I read a memoir about the dangers facing a woman born without a sense of time and space (how far away is that car and how long until it gets here?). [...]

Learning is difficult and that’s the point.

In Natural Born Learners, Alex Beard talks about his first term as a new, fresh faced English teacher in the borough of Elephant and Castle – one of the poorest and most diverse areas of London. Beard was convinced that his passion for Shakespeare, Jane [...]

Here’s what we never talk about in student writing

In the headlines about the falling standards of student writing I almost never hear one thing being discussed. That is, the basic distinction between writing and teaching writing. It’s a big difference, with the latter being difficult enough to mock the pop wisdom that ‘those that can’t [...]

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