Education, Essays, Teaching Strategies

The first year of teaching: Five things I wish I’d known…

Over September and October I will be publishing a series of articles on effective teaching strategies for trainee teachers and NQTs. This first entry is a broad overview based on my own experience in the profession, but subsequent articles will offer brief (but, I hope, useful and practical!) examples of lessons, ideas, and resources that saved my bacon on more than one occasion! 

3-Minute Reads, Blog, Education

3 Minute Reads // “Does that make sense?” How schoolteaching made me a better academic

When I completed my doctorate, I was still quite new to this teaching malarkey. It wasn't until I re-read my old PhD thesis after several years in the profession that I realised just how much my writing style had changed - and, I believe, improved - as a result of what I'd learnt in the classroom.

3-Minute Reads, Blog

3-Minute Reads // A love letter to The British Graduate Shakespeare Conference (BritGrad)

When I look back on my first BritGrad conference in 2018, I still struggle to put into words what a profound and lasting effect the entire experience had on me both professionally and personally. BritGrad was, without doubt or hyperbole, a defining moment in my academic journey...

3-Minute Reads, Blog

Call for suggestions: PhDilemmas, or, I wish I knew then what I know now…

I'd like to share some of the things that I now know that I wish I'd known five years ago. To be clear: I'm no expert in the field of early career academic guidance. I'm still learning and still making mistakes. All I'd like to do, if I can, is offer some support. I can only speak for myself, but a little guidance here or there would have taken away some of the pre-completion and post-graduation fear, imbued my next steps with a renewed sense of purpose, and perhaps even given me more reason to believe in myself...

Essays

“Conference With the Dead”: A Brief History of Haunting

This chapter is part literature review, part mission statement: in it, I outline how the notion of a "ghost" would have been understood by somebody living at the turn of the 17th Century. What - or who - *were* ghosts? What did they look like? Where did they come from? Most importantly, I begin to explore how might the various historical, religious, and political significations of the ghost may have influenced the characters we see on the early modern stage...