Teaching

owl-teacherAs those who know me will be aware, along with everything else, I teach.  I lecture in screenwriting and I teach English (language and literature).  I’m not quite sure how I’ve managed to end up being a person who delivers more than one subject but I’m glad of it.  I love both areas of study very much – and of course, they’re strongly related.

Every so often, I create teaching resources to help me explain things in class.  It’s early days but I’m starting to add a few to this site, on the off-chance someone might find them useful.  I believe in sharing with other teachers.  One of the best things about education is that it’s not competitive; or at least it shouldn’t be.  We’re not here to outdo each other or make a fast buck, we’re here to help our students learn.  I’m proud of that.

Teaching Resources:

The following posts contain classroom resources and/or information teachers of English literature, English grammar, creative writing and screenwriting might find useful.

Homonyms, Homophones and Homographs

I’m going to keep the language in this post as simple as possible, in mind of those who may be trying to teach homophones at Key Stage 2. (KS2 is seven to eleven-year-olds for anyone not in the UK.) That said, off we go: What is the difference between homonyms, homophones and homographs? Well, it’s all Greek … Continue reading Homonyms, Homophones and Homographs

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Writing Rhyming Books for Children – Dos and Don’ts

As of late I have found myself co-writing rhyming books for children and along the way I’ve worked out a handful of dos and don’ts. Before I get into that though, I should make it clear that this post is only about functional narrative verse, that’s to say telling a rhyming story. It’s not about … Continue reading Writing Rhyming Books for Children – Dos and Don’ts

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Teaching never fails to humble me.  As the French moralist Joseph Joubert wrote, “Enseigner, c’est apprendre deux fois.”  (To teach is to learn twice.)

 

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