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...

Education, Teaching Strategies

Quick and Effective Lesson Ideas #6 – Four fun ways to demonstrate student progress!

Over September and October I will be publishing articles on effective teaching strategies for trainee teachers and NQTs, offering brief (and, I hope, useful and practical!) examples of lessons, ideas, and resources that saved my bacon on more than one occasion! Previous article in this series: The First Year of Teaching: Five Things I Wish… Continue reading Quick and Effective Lesson Ideas #6 – Four fun ways to demonstrate student progress!

Education, Teaching Strategies

Quick and Effective Lesson Ideas #5 – “The Big Yellow Box” (Or, How to make your students work harder than you!)

I'm cheating a bit here... this article is really a shameless plug for the "Yellow Box Methodology", innovated by the George Spencer Academy and made famous by the fantastic Ross Morrison McGill (@TeacherToolkit).

The Big Yellow Box completely changed my marking process, and made it better in every conceivable way. Not only did deployment of this strategy make it possible to zip through essays and homeworks in a fraction of the time, but it made my marking far more effective....

Education, Teaching Strategies

Quick and Effective Lesson Ideas #4 – Take a student-focused approach to improve your marking efficiency

Two years into teaching, I was in the staffroom scribbling furiously over yet another essay in department-mandated green pen when a colleague asked me a simple question that completely changed my approach to marking. Even better, it ultimately led to my marking becoming faster, more effective, and more efficient!