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Today's TechCon - a Lay Review
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Some of the session presenters at the very early TechCons used to remind me of those maths teachers in nylon shirts who'd use one of those old overhead projectors with their nice-smelling acetates. On the contrary, today's well-attended conference boasted truly fascinating topics, each pre…

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Teaching Theme: Tips and Resources
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By Presto Plans   Understanding and identifying theme is a higher-order skill that often leaves many students scratching their heads.    In fact, many teachers are struggling along side their students trying to find ways help them understand this challenging concept.   It is no easy task to get st…

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FOUR IN A BED
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It's taken a while to realise why our house likes watching "Four In A Bed". Four In a Bed is a British TV series about a very British thing called Bed N' Breakfast. At least I thought it was very British until I heard about an internet success called something like "Air B and…

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FOSTERING THEORY
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I've got two theories of my own, I've never seen them written down in a magazine or a book, I've never even heard anybody mention them, I don't know why - they seem obvious to me. More to the point they are (I think) important, and definitely useful, if they are correct. One of the …

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Give Me a Song Title about....
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It’s like a disease on British radio. This ‘let us know a song title to do with the budget’ business.  Or ‘can you think of a song title which fits this dull news story? ’. I’m not quite sure what the goal is.  Maybe I’m missing something. After laborious trawls for calls  - with no integral value…

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What's Your Favourite Personal Radio Story?
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Those of us lucky enough to have worked in radio each have colourful memories.   Some of those stick out more than others. What's your own personal radiomoment? Before the memories are forgotten, or before we're run over by the number 23 bus, it's good to capture them. As #radiomoments …

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Poetry - Fun and Engaging Lesson Ideas for Secondary Students
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When I tell my students we’re going to read a poem, start a poetry unit or write poetry there is usually a collective groan from the crowd.  My heart sinks a little and I try to put on a bright face and tell them it is going to be “fun”.  The groan gets a little louder…  Anyone else experience the …

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GOING HOME
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We're in that limbo state where one of our foster children is going home and nobody is quite sure how to play things. Romeo, who's been with us nearly a year - blimey, time flies - is returning to his birth mother and things are speeding up because Christmas is always an issue, not just bec…

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Espresso Shot: Why We Became Teachers
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Hello fellow coffee drinkers! For this month's espresso shots, we will be chatting about why we became educators in the first place.  We all have that moment in which we knew education was the path for us, so we'd like to share that moment with you! While you're reading, think about why…

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