Using Music to Support the Curriculum – Education Article

I think music is one of the most powerful yet underused tools in the classroom. If you’ve joined me on my training, you will know how I use it in class to support different areas of the curriculum. There are plenty of examples on this blog which demonstrates the power of music. You can see them here.  BBC Teach Supermovers is a brilliant and FREE resource which gets your pupils moving, singing and remembering!This video explores the Supermovers resource: I was very…

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We Will Rock You – Song Worksheet – Education Article

It’s a worksheet to cheer up and motivate your students, to distract from the boring routine studying. It isn’t a very easy song to work with but almost every child knows the tune and loves to sing it. The worksheet was created for Ukrainian students, … This is only a snippet of a Education Article written by Natasha Read Full Article

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Freda Hart obituary | Education

My former singing teacher, Freda Hart, who has died aged 99, was gifted with infinite patience and kindness, but also with the ability to metaphorically yank pupils by the ankles and drag them back down to earth if their egos were becoming dangerously inflated. She had a particular interest in the Alexander technique, which she used to encourage pupils to find their natural voice. She also had the wisdom to use more traditional teaching methods for students who were not…

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Study English, and learn the ways of the world | Letters | Education

How I agree with Susanna Rustin (Why study English? We’re poorer in every sense without it, 11 February)! A retired teacher, I hear the arguments for studying Stem subjects frequently put forward as self-explanatory. But are science graduates necessarily more employable than someone who has spent her degree years reading widely, analysing language, developing sound aesthetic judgment, defending her opinions in seminars, and learning how to express them in lucid, cogent and elegant prose in weekly essays? Many ex-pupils I…

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The meaning of a good, well-rounded education | Letters | Education

Sam Friedman and Daniel Laurison (Why it pays to be privileged, 2 February) illustrate some of the subtle ways in which talent can be showcased by privilege. For individuals without this supporting structure, the result can be a ceiling on progress and lower financial reward, even after their entry to an elite profession. The ceiling must be dismantled if the UK is ever to become a more equal society. This will require not only decisive action by government, but pro-social…

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State school pupils can race ahead | Letters | Education

I agree largely with Suzanne Moore (Teaching all pupils to act more like Etonians won’t help solve inequality, theguardian.com, 7 February) except for one thing. As a graduate recruitment manager for some years, state school kids, especially those from tough backgrounds, have far more resilience. What they don’t have is a level playing field. Give them that, and many perform outstandingly well. An accidental experiment when a teacher I know took a party of less well-off pupils skiing alongside privately…

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Song Worksheet: Youngblood by 5 Seconds of Summer – Education Article

Youngblood was one of the biggest hits of summer 2018. I wrote this worksheet to practice vocabulary related to feelings and relationships. It also has a short (gap-fill) reading exercise with information about the band and their unusual video featuri … This is only a snippet of a Education Article written by Colm Boyd Read Full Article

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Reading Comprehension through Disney Villain Songs – Education Article

A couple of months ago, we released this eBook: The feedback from the eBook has been fantastic! You can get a taste of what is included in the eBook by clicking here. Building on this, I have now written and released another ebook, this time looking at Disney Villain Songs.  Click the picture to download a copy. Here is a taste of what is included in the Disney Villain Comprehension eBook: Tangled – Mother Knows Best You want to go…

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Deconstructing The New John Lewis Christmas Advert – Education Article

It is that time of year!! We’ve been waiting all year in anticipation for the new John Lewis Christmas Advert and I love this year’s effort. I know not everyone is a fan. Personally, I think it is more about people possibly not liking Elton John but the message of the advert is brilliant. If you’re not a fan, you can always use the adverts I have previously blogged about here: Here is this year’s advert: As always, I would start…

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