You can’t stop the… learning?

Coming to the end of a very hectic half term week where my ‘to-do’ list is appearing strangely complete. As part of my resolution to try new things this year I decided to visit London and see the musical Hairspray. Most of the children I’ve spoken to think it’s brilliant – nearly as good as High School Musical, so I decided to give it a go. I thoroughly enjoyed it – what an amazing show it

A fresh look…

   I haven’t had much time recently to do any work on the Multiliteracies Learning Initiative. The website is getting a considerable amount of daily traffic so I feel the need to add to the content. I’m really lucky to have so many great people willing to work as part of the teacher group and as critical friends.  I think over the next few months we will be able to do some fantastic work. Above is

Finding time…

Another half term arrives and once again I wonder where time is disappearing  to.  The reason is partially because the past half term has been so short and yet so jam packed with things to do. I was hoping to read the above three books over half term: Critical Literacies in Action, Desirable Literacies (co-edited by Jackie)  and the new Web 2.0 for Schools book by Julia and Guy. However, it looks like the writing of end of term

Injecting SATs with a strong dose of popular culture…

SATs arrived into my classroom this week without fanfare or pre-warning. I won’t teach to the test and I give them little acknowledgement in my class. They are not the backbone of our curriculum, they are an assessment tool and nothing more. My class entered the classroom to see their desks rearranged in rows (something I had to do). None assumed we were doing tests and instead commented that it was like ‘High School Musical.’ I thought this was

High School Grumble 2

OK, so I caved. I watched High School Musical 3 and enjoyed it. After my previous blog post where I grumbled about the franchise escalating out of control, I felt I should watch the latest film. I was really pleasantly surprised. The finale of the series (above) is very touching and signifies the end of the cast’s association with the films. Disney were appearing to be ending on a high and went up in my estimations. Then