Author Archives: W. S. Lien

About W. S. Lien

Tweed Wearer - Country Lover - Teacher Researching Professionalism and Identity@Clare College, Cambridge - Keen Amateur Photographer - Devotee to Poppy my Labrador

Teachers as resisting intellectuals

The outrage this week that has been expressed by some educators on Twitter against David Didau’s What causes behaviour? has prompted many to inspect their own thinking on race and intelligence. I am not a geneticist so I am not … Continue reading

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Gap Years

Gap YearsAnother 3 and it will have been 50 years apart between the times when these two pictures were taken – me at the age of five in a formal family portrait with mum and dad, my older sister and … Continue reading

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What’s in a Name

My name hasn’t always been Vincent.  Although this name is now formalised in all my legal and official document, including my passport, it is an invented one, not the one that I was given when I was born, 文山. The … Continue reading

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Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng – Part of a Book Chat

Everything I Never Told You This is part of my conversation with by dear friend, Di Leedham, who recommended this book to me some time ago, one of the books that I must read this summer. I started reading Celeste … Continue reading

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The Chickens Have Come Home to Roost

When the hundreds of thousands of 16-year olds sit their first GCSE English examination next Monday, many will be putting their ink on paper and producing sentences that read like the following: 1. Stevenson uses an adverb “trampled calmly” to … Continue reading

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Should I make that worksheet?

Should I make, or use, that worksheet? One of the many strengths of the teaching profession is sharing resources, generously. After the weekend, most of us will be back to the classroom with our attention turned to all our examination … Continue reading

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My story so far

My story so far Two and half years ago in August 2014, following the completition of my MEd, I became involved in clicktivism. I started a campaign to call for free access to research journals for teachers in England and … Continue reading

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A serial failure’s proud confession

Another attempt to seek promotion at another school has resulted in a polite rejection. It was one of the several in the past few years. It is fair to say, however, I have never been particularly enthusiastic about becoming a … Continue reading

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Brilliant Darkness 

I love looking at this picture of this single oak leaf against a low-hanging winter sun. The glowing russet draws my visual focus to its veins, midrib and sinuses. The brilliance of the sunshine radiates from the top-right-hand corner of … Continue reading

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Ten Years a Teacher

When I return to school after the New Year, I will be starting my eleventh year as a qualified teacher.  The history of my role in the classroom, however, goes back further than that. In fact, from the age of … Continue reading

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