Along with everything else, I teach.
There’s a couple of reasons for this – sometimes I need the money but most of the time I just love discovering creative potential and encouraging it in other human beings. On that basis, I’d recommend at least a bit of teaching to anyone who thinks they’re able. We live in a world where there seem to be more people who want attention than who want to give it but in my experience, when you pay attention to others and their work, you become better at your own.
I teach Screenwriting and English, mainly to adults at university level, although I do have a PGCE and used to teach in secondary schools. At some point, I’d like to get into teaching botanical painting but I haven’t mastered it myself yet, so I suspect that’s a long way off.
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.
The following posts contain classroom resources and/or information teachers of English literature, English grammar, creative writing and screenwriting might find useful.
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
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 basic story in rhyme. It’s … Continue reading Writing Rhyming Books for Children – Dos and Don’ts
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.)