Some Andronicus updates, and what’s coming soon…!

Hi everyone! It’s been a busy time at Andronicus HQ(TM) lately, and there’s a whole bunch of exciting stuff coming your way over the next few weeks and months! I wanted to give you all an update on what’s been going on, what to expect, and (roughly) when stuff will happen.

Bear in mind that I’m trying to churn out this glorious content in between changing nappies and managing a… fluctuating… sleep schedule, so the card is very much subject to change – but I’m Doing My Best, promise. ๐Ÿ˜€

(I’m not going to use baby Alsop as an excuse, but I’m also definitely going to use baby Alsop as an excuse.)

Oh, and I’ve now set up a VERY COOL Ko-fi page (CLICK HERE)! The content on WA will always be 100% free for teachers and students, but if you fancy buying me a coffee to help me stay awake and get content out a bit sooner then head on over and throw me a few pennies. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • First of all, I hope that you like the website’s new look! It started out with me just wanting a professional-looking homepage, but then plans evolved into re-jigging everything else. I’m still in two minds about the whole thing, I think. I love that posts are now arranged by category, and I’m digging the cleaner layout – but I sort of miss the colour of the old site. What do you think???


  • COMING SOON: the next in my series of An Inspector Calls close reading commentaries (#LivesIntertwined)! I’m really enjoying doing this – it honestly feels as though I’m getting something new from the play by taking it slowly and delving into the nuances of the text. I hope it’s useful for everyone studying or teaching the play.
  • I should be finishing an article on the importance of Classroom Assistants this week. CAs and TAs have been in the news a fair bit recently, and it’s awful to hear about how poorly some of them are treated and how poorly MOST of them are paid! I want to celebrate the work of these brilliant people and offer some advice to teachers on how to make best use of them. Seriously, a good TA can make or break a lesson…!
  • Last thing this month: I’ll be sharing some of my favourite powerpoints and lesson plans for topics like Shakespeare and GCSE poetry! These are two of the topics that I found really challenging to teach when I started out, so it’s nice to be able to share it,


  • Two more in the #LivesIntertwined series, moving through Act 1 to explore the characters of Edna and Mr Birling.
  • A review/analysis of Maggie O’Farrell’s AMAZING novel Hamnet (2020). It’s a gorgeous, magical book that will tug on every heartstring you possess. I’ll mostly be focusing on just the first page of the book, though…! Why? Because it’s probably (almost definitely?) the best first page of any novel I’ve ever read. Hopefully you’ll agree with me.
  • I’ll be sharing an entire scheme of work for A-Level Othello and breaking it down into lesson-by-lesson chunks. The idea of putting together a scheme of work used to terrify me; early in my career I found myself living lesson to lesson without any time to think about medium to long term planning. (Full disclosure – this is STILL me sometimes!) This particular SoW, though, was the first time that effective lesson sequencing really ‘clicked’ with me. It didn’t just make life easier for me, but it improved my teaching as well by creating opportunities for my students to actively build on – and reflect on! – their developing knowledge. I’m excited to share it, and hope that it’s helpful.

So that’s the shape of things to come for the rest of 2022… Maybe I’ll even squeeze in some Brucie Bonus posts as well, if nappy-changing allows! In the mean time, leave a comment below or send me a message if there’s any text or topic that you’d really like me to cover.

For now, hope you’re surviving these final days before half term. Keep on smiling, keep on reading, and to thine own selves be true!

– James

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