Readers Write In #370: The Josef Stalin Story

(by G Waugh) DISCLAIMER: This essay is a humble attempt to recount whatever I had read recently in historian Isaac Deutscher’s definitive book- Stalin, A Political Biography. There will be plenty of events here which I have discussed already in my series of essays in this blog titled The Russian Revolution. I really request my […]

Radha Mohan’s ‘Malaysia To Amnesia’ (Vaibhav Reddy, Vani Bhojan), on ZEE5, is a bunch of lame jokes woven around an adulterer

Spoilers ahead… Text: Malaysia To Amnesia is the kind of film where the joke is someone mispronouncing Alzhiemer’s as ‘algebra’. There are four major characters in the film. Arun (Vaibhav) is a successful businessman and his wife, Suja (Vani Bhojan), is a homemaker; they also have a cute little kid. There’s Mannar (MS Bhaskar), their uncle, […]

Karthik Rapolu’s ‘Ek Mini Katha’ (Santosh Shobhan, Kavya Thapar), on Amazon Prime, is a barely okayish watch about a man who thinks he has a small penis

Spoilers ahead… Text: In Ek Mini Katha, Santhosh (Santhosh Shoban) plays Santhosh, a man who thinks that he has a small penis, and this gives him a complex. There’s a scene that shows Santhosh as a college student: his girlfriend invites him to her house to have sex but later kicks him out. The assumption is […]

Independent thinking, critical analysis, global ethics: what thinkers of the future need

What should education outside planet Earth look like? One of my students’ favourite thought is to imagine that we have found a new planet to inhabit and that they have been put in charge of the extra-terrestrial education system. What will they bring to the future home of humanity? What classes would they mandate? What [...]

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Demystifying Receptive Skills – Quick wins for your classes

The single most requested training I get from MFL teachers relates to listening skills. Colleagues often feel this is the most difficult skill to prepare pupils for, possibly because it is easy to misunderstand the myriad of micro-skills that make up “listening”. For pupils it is also difficult: it often triggers anxiety and leads to [...]

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How can we use women’s history to re-frame the curriculum?

As a teacher, I am keen to ensure that the lessons and enquiries I plan for KS3, 4 and 5 measure up to emerging standards for the most representative History curriculum possible. Like many teachers, I use Twitter as a resource for keeping up to date with teaching ideas, and the #MeToo movement – along [...]

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Keeping great geography at the heart of our return

With all the talk of a “catch-up curriculum”, what is my priority upon our return to in-person learning? Keeping great geography at the heart of my lessons. While I don’t want students to dismiss the past two months of learning as ‘irrelevant’, I also want to be mindful that some of the content covered simply [...]

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Planning for a Mixed Aged Class using MathsBeat

Helen is one of the MathsBeat authors, in this blog she shares her thoughts on how MathsBeat can be used with mixed aged classes to ensure all learners meet the expected standards. She also addresses some of the common problems faced when teaching mixed aged classes.

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Connecting in a contactless classroom

In my previous blog ‘ Four Stages of Reimagining the Classroom’ , I presented the fictional Hammerhill Academy’s English Department and their journey to setting up a virtual learning provision. Since then it would be fair to say that Hammerhill – like all real schools across the U.K – would have gone through a rapidly transformational voyage of virtual learning discovery. The most [...]

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