Opening eyes…

Tweet Every so often you come across something new. It opens your eyes to a culture or world that you have little experience or understanding of. At the same time  it can fit with issues you have been thinking about and open your mind to new possibilities. Sounds very dramatic… I will explain. My Sky+HD box has a service called Sky Anytime which automatically records what it describes as unmissable TV to watch anytime that

Finding a cliff by the sea

Tweet Thank you to everybody who sent really great feedback about the Brer Rabbit critical literacy project I really appreciate it. I’ve also heard that it was being talked about at the Decatur Book Festival after The Wren’s Nest (the birth place museum of Joel Chandler Harris in the USA) picked up on the project. All of this really helps raise the awareness of critical literacy with real-world texts. As soon as the Brer Rabbit

Fragments of time…

Tweet Now that I’m using Google’s operating system on my mobile phone I’ve decided to move all of my mail/contacts/calendars over to Google so that I can keep track of them on the move. While I’ve been dusting off the cobwebs of my old Google account I found a blog I set up in 2006 with one post about being at university. It’s a very surreal experience reading it back: Ok so I’ve finally given

The one that started it all…

Tweet I’ve just noticed that Walt Disney’s Snow White is being re-released on DVD and Blu-Ray in November. I like to use this film in class when analysing multimodal texts. Some of the scenes are exceptionally powerful (and quite terrifying), in particular the transformation of the Evil Queen into the old peddler woman. It’s actually become very hard to get hold of on DVD as it was only released in 2001 for a limited time.

Belated thanks…

Tweet When I initially wrote the post about critical literacy and the Brer Rabbit stories I forgot to thank one person for their support with the project. My brother, Michael Waller, helped the children to recreate and re-imagine the Brer Rabbit characters and I think you’ll agree he did an excellent job. Having the children see their story worlds realised in such aprofessional and authentic way made the experience all the more special for them.

New horizons await…

Tweet It’s the last week of the summer holidays! I currently feel like the only teacher in the world who is looking forward to returning to work.  I’m very excited about what the new academic year will bring. Not only am I looking forward to working with Orange Class on the new Ratatouille and Cliff by the Sea projects (more info soon) but I’m also really excited about starting the new MA in New Literacies