Author Archives: Julian

About Julian

An Anglia Ruskin graduate with a genuine interest in action research in life and in education. A keen cook and an industrious parent who is determined to build his own outdoor bread / pizza oven.

Hour of Code

What great fun we have had these past weeks. The whole school were treated (my opinion, shared by many) to an immersion in computing. “An hour is not enough,” was a common complaint from year 3 – year 6. Using … Continue reading

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2013 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 700 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it … Continue reading

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Just had my 1st formal, external officer, observation. The context was one of school improvement where all teaching staff were being observed to evaluate the effectiveness of the teaching of reading across the school. Guided reading, English and phonics were … Continue reading

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Child led learning

This makes so much sense it’s crazy. Thanks Stephen Heppell

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Lesson 1 – Breathe!

I am now heading into week 7 of my teaching career and I find it hard to believe that we have travelled this far. The days and weeks are evaporating while the to do lists grow steadily. I think that … Continue reading

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Four Years In The Making

The culmination of 4 years work and the start of another amazing journey. Time to reflect before the real work starts in September. Thanks to all who have helped me along the way.

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Sir Ken: How to Escape Education’s Death Valley

I am posting this because I was reminded of the clarity of Sir Ken’s message last night when I sat up and watched a live stream from the Blue School in America – an innovative and creative team of educators … Continue reading

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