An Edutwitter Spat | jodieGILblog

An EduTwitter Spat

By Jodie Lopez @jodieworld


Oh look an edutwitter spat!

I don’t believe it, and fancy that!


It seems the birds are all a flutter

“Grumble, head shake, mutter mutter”


Who disagrees today you ask?

Has someone set another group task?


Did someone mention the early years?

Or SATs and assessment;  GCSE fears?


I wonder how this spat will go?

Let’s assume from what we know…


Person A will mention something

Almost in passing, a general wondering


Person B becomes incensed

Person C sits on the fence


Person D then writes a…

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Classic books for primary children….? | theliteracyleader

Over twenty years of teaching some of the most inspirational books I have used are classic texts (sometimes known as heritage texts).  There are a variety of ways to introduce these potentially complex stories to children – read Bob Cox’s Opening Doors books – one of which is to use reimaginings or retellings and I have collected my ideas in a Padlet below…

Do still read the original texts to children and make sure there are copies of the books in the classroom for those who are inspired to read more.

These classic texts are essential to introduce patterns of language…

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About my experiences with depression… and a book review! | mrshbooks

About 4 years ago, when I was still schools-based, there was a period of time where I was signed off work. I was off work for 8 months in total with depression following the death of my father and grandparents in a short period of time.

My colleagues and headteacher were very supportive and told me that I just needed time. However, I didn’t want to take time- I wanted to be ‘normal’ and well there and then. I felt that I was letting everyone down. I knew that I wanted to be back in work- a thought that’s all well and good but not particularly helpful when you can’t even step…

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How to give your greater depth writers the teaching they deserve | literacyforpleasure

How to give your greater depth writers the teaching they deserve

When I was ten and a new pupil at secondary school, I wrote my first set homework assignment for R.E. – a recount of the one of the seven plagues of Egypt. After a few days my book came back with the comment (in a mean little script written in red pen): Is this all your own work? Mortified, because it was my own work and I’d written it like a story, with my usual enthusiasm and emotional investment, I approached the teacher on the pretext that I hadn’t been able to read her comment. “Well,” came the reply,” it was so vivid.”…

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Some proof that EYFS does NOT need to be extended into year 1

The Quirky Teacher

At this time of year, a few boys in reception year are being brought to my attention by staff, or making themselves known to me – they’re starting to push the boundaries a bit, maybe get a bit too rough. All the free choice is definitely not good for them because they’re mostly drawn to stress-testing lego construction rather than choosing the independent writing table. The clock is ticking and while we can’t do much about what is happening now (because of the requirements of the EYFS), we know that what these lads need is authority, routine, structure, a clear division between work and play. Everybody says it, even their parents.

When I first came to this role, I was told that our children couldn’t and wouldn’t be able to cope with formal learning and I was advised to extend the early years experience into year 1. This is considered…

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