Summer Turner

I teach, therefore I am.

Category Archives: Education (general)

Grammar For Writing

There has been a lot of Twitter discussion recently about the explicit teaching of grammar. As someone who was initially concerned about the implications of grammar teaching, I have come … Continue reading

November 25, 2013 · 1 Comment

Read All About It

Five weeks ago in the early hours of a Saturday morning on a cold grey day, I got a coach to Southampton. A COACH. Why? Well I had been asked … Continue reading

November 24, 2013 · 1 Comment

Curriculum Design – taking the leap.

In my last week at my previous school, I went to an outdoors activity centre with my form to celebrate their success in the inter-form merit system. The ‘Leap of … Continue reading

November 2, 2013 · 4 Comments

Aiming Higher

This week I started as Head of English at the East London Science School. The school holds many attractions for me – not least the chance to create and run … Continue reading

September 8, 2013 · 2 Comments

A musical farewell

Some of the lovely and talented students from my form wrote and performed this song as a goodbye present. Too wonderful not to share.

July 26, 2013 · 1 Comment

‘Thinking Outside the Books’

‘For many teachers, the current climate of education, with its stress on academic attainment at the expense of a commitment to the development of the whole child, is a cause … Continue reading

April 11, 2013 · 9 Comments

All right stop, Collaborate and listen.

In our classes we constantly advocate collaboration. We preach about the values of working together, the sharing of ideas, the scaffolding of knowledge and the joys of group work. Mostly … Continue reading

January 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

‘A Call to Charms’

Like any true product of the British system, my personal instinct is to be cynical, pessimistic and critical. Luckily (for my students) the classroom version of me is someone so … Continue reading

January 5, 2013 · 5 Comments