On teacher decision making:
- On the problem with intuition: The rise of grok (or how I learned to embrace my ignorance)
- On taking our time to think approaches through: Lessons learned from Football League Division Two 1982-83 #1: The dilatory approach
- On the sunk cost fallacy in education: Neck deep in the big muddy (the dangers of sunk costs and windmills)
- On how language can encourage behaviours: How riding the herd mentality may have helped my GCSE classes
- On accepting challenge and changing one’s mind: The key to good CPD? Inconsistency
- On opportunity cost: Why is opportunity cost so important? Bo knows.
- On judging outcomes over what we see in the moment: Stop looking for the new Brain Gym. Start looking for the new Monkey Crouch
On policy and broader issues in education:
- On edu-myths: Undiscovering the Mountains of Kong
- On truthiness in education: The truthiness of it all (and why three men make a tiger)
- On edu-myths (again) and how research can help: Killing off the Brontosaurus, again: how can research reach further?
- On narratives of progressive education: We are number two but we try harder: the underdog narrative of progressivism
- On the cult of acronyms: The absolute curses of retention and organisation: needlessly yawing mnemonics
- On treating novices as experts: You Can Do Anything!
- On the denigration of knowledge: Knowledge is obsolete! Unburden yourself here…
- On the charm of Sir Ken Robinson: The impression that I get: Sir Ken at #EducationFest
- On the cult of activity-based planning: Activities: the devil will find work for idle hands to do
- On successful people denigrating education: JT Airlines – We’re a Great Way to Fall
- On the Secret Teacher: In defence of the Secret Teacher
- On the perpetuation of bad ideas: The Jellyfish Effect: why bad ideas hang around
- On the trad/prog debate: I Was a Teenage Progressive: A Defence of the Debate and The Reconciliation of The Debate (Is it possible? Is it desirable?)
- On the retention crisis: Is the DfE employing the Chewbacca defence over the retention crisis?
- On selling resources: Why I think selling resources to teachers is wrong
- On Ofsted reform: Inspector who? What to make of Ofsted’s latest regeneration
- On the problem of trying to establish cross-curricular commonalities: Towards a confusion of tongues (why a common language isn’t always helpful)
- On a problem with target-setting: How to eat 50 hot dogs in 12 minutes (and why setting targets may hold back progress*)
- On replacing levels with… levels: Have you tried *NEW* Diamond Shreddies? (Life after ‘life after levels’)
- On the hero-teacher narrative: I am not your spirit guide: the intoxicating narratives of teaching
- On so-called higher order thinking: Bloom’s: the slipperiness of soft skills doesn’t make them higher order
- On leadership: The difference between managing and leading
- On workload: Workload: “And finally, monsieur, a wafer-thin mint…”
- On classroom anxiety: The Magic Roundabout: why anxiety shouldn’t stop us learning
- On diversions in the curriculum: The map is not the territory: embracing desire paths in the curriculum
- On the impact of change on teachers: Teachers as stick insects: the constant re-evolution of education
- On ‘observing learning’: Blights of the round table: the damage of poor proxies for learning
- On the pressures of teaching: The bearable discomfort of being… a teacher
- On losing sight when leading: I forget why I’m here: event boundaries in teaching and leading
- On the ever-expanding purpose of schools: Schools: the egg-laying, wool and milk-giving sow
- On the end of term: The Final Comedown: Nothing prepares me for the end of term
On the subject of English:
- On the importance of reading the canon: Elitism? Be careful how you use that word
- On what to read: How to choose study texts in English: Part One and Part Two
- On English textbooks: Are these the best English subject textbooks you’ve ever seen?
- On showing off how hard we work: Conspicuous work: do we compound the workload issue ourselves?
- On teaching 19th century fiction: The new English Language GCSE: introducing 19th century fiction
- On speaking and listening: What is the point of Speaking and Listening? #BlogSyncEnglish
- On teaching evaluation: Evaluation: it’s a piece of cake
My attempts to be funny with satirical stories and stuff
- The Mumpsimus in the Room (a short story)
- An art history of school inspections
- EduTwitter: The Christmas armistice of 2014
- A Christmas Carol | Marking was dead time-consuming: to begin with.
- The 21st Century Job (A Fictional Story)
- Nobody expects a British Education
- The Knowledge
- It’s a Wonderful Battery Life
- The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the College of Teaching
Starter for Five advice:
- Essential Books for English Teachers
- How to teach a book
- Five Common Wrongs for English Teachers to Avoid
- The Elements of Language (a periodic table of sorts)
- Want to share knowledge organisers?
- Literary terms display