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English teacher blogs: who should I be reading?


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Whether you need inspiration for creative writing lessons, exam resources or advice on career development – here are some of the best English blogs recommended by you

Web of notes Twitter: @johncmurphy7

Written by John Murphy, an English and history teacher, Web of Notes contains useful material for those teaching the junior certificate in Ireland. There are also inspiring short film clips, handy links to Shakespeare resources and online literary games.

Ed-U-Like Twitter: @murphiegirl

From dynamite paragraphs to using Lego to explore poetic structure, Ed-U-Like contains lots of practical lesson ideas and professional development inspiration.

Learning Spy Twitter: @LearningSpy

Education guru David Didau’s blog is full of reflective posts looking at how we teach and assess literacy – not to mention reams of advice about Ofsted.

Reading all the books Twitter: @readingthebooks

As the title suggests, this blog has a mission: to get teachers and students reading. It contains reviews of education books as well as books that teacher Jo recommends to her students.

Learning from my mistakes: an English teacher’s blog

Learning from my mistakes covers all the big topics – language analysis, GCSE prep, creative writing. A letter to an NQT or my NQT self is essential reading for anyone joining the profession.

Geoff Barton’s Pick ‘n’ Mix Twitter: @RealGeoffBarton

Geoff Barton’s Pick ‘n’ Mix blog (an offshoot of his main site, which can be found here) is a collection of links to articles on language and literacy – aimed mostly at teachers of A-level English language and English.

A new way of quenching my thirst Twitter: @DrDawnie

Dawn blogs about pedagogy for English teachers and professional development.

Hunting English Twitter: @HuntingEnglish

Alex Quigley, assistant head at a York secondary school, writes a professional and regularly updated blog about teaching strategies, coaching and improvement, “with some political arguments and miscellany along the way”.

Useful hashtags:

#TeachingEnglish      #engchat       #litchat

Know a great English blog not listed? Share the link by posting it in the comments below.


Films starring Bookstores

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Let's get Digital, Training

MENTEP Promoting Technology Enhanced Teaching

Mentep is an experimental “tool” that allows teachers to self-assess their digital skills online and thus choose the most appropriate training courses to fill any gaps or weaknesses.

Mentep  (Mentoring Technology Enhanced Pedagogy) is the European project coordinated by European Schoolnet for the development and testing of TET-SAT, the online tool for the self-assessment of digital skills and the use of teacher technologies. The tool was created with the aim of triggering self-reflection on the subject in the teachers, to better identify the training needs and thus to launch initiatives to support their professional development.

TET-SAT evaluates digital-pedagogical skills taking into account 4 dimensions:

  • digital pedagogy (development and design of teaching strategies supported by ICT, personalization of learning activities);
  • production and use of contents;
  • communication and collaboration (creation of collaborative activities at a distance);
  • digital citizenship.

After successfully completing the experimentation involving 13 European countries (including Italy, with the involvement of over 700 Italian teachers), EUN has decided to extend the possibility of testing this tool to new users.

A free online course started to give participants the opportunity to have a preview of the online tool, to be guided in its use and to deepen together with the experts all aspects of the research project sharing, in particular, an analysis of the collected data. The MOOC is divided into 3 modules (one module per week) for about 3/4 hours, for a total duration of about 4 weeks.

The course is aimed at policymakers, managers and teachers interested in learning about the tool, to evaluate a possible application within their institution.

Participants in the training receive recognition for attendance.

Promoting Technology Enhanced Teaching