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A bucket, a broom, a few uncalloused tiny hands and previously presumed lost baseballs

   Image source: https://sites.google.com/a/mail.kles.tc.edu.tw/ee/home/1030606biyebanxiaoyuanyushequhuanjingdasao A bucket, a broom, a few uncalloused tiny hands and previously presumed lost baseballs So that Sunday morning, I recruited a few friends from that section of our street to help me with my project. With … Continue reading

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Love Bites

http://www.nipic.com/show/1/16/5623608kb5c8baac.html Love Bites Naturally, being swatty doesn’t necessarily win you many friends. In the social structure of small school boys, popularity matters. And being popular sometimes means you just have to be part of the group, including being caned. Being … Continue reading

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You don’t need to call me a Cxxxk to be a racist

Image source: http://www.cheynestraining.com/detail-210 You don’t need to call me a Cxxxk to be a racist “Stink, stink, stink like a Cxxxk,” a stranger muttered as I walked down the largely deserted platform at Crewe Station. It was in the early … Continue reading

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Dear Santa

Dear Santa, I know I haven’t been a good boy as the last time I wrote to you was over 40 years ago when I first heard of your loving generosity. I wrote you a letter asking for some sweets … Continue reading

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Mother Meng’s Three Moves – A Tale of Ideological Hierarchy¬†

Mother Meng’s Three Moves – A Tale of Ideological Hierarchy Come to think of it, the moral is rather unsettling. As a pupil in a Taiwanese school, I was regularly fed with a stable diet of parables, fables, legends and … Continue reading

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Butterfly Reading

Like a butterfly, I read from book to book, from one book shop to another. In 70s southern Taiwan, summer heat lingered into late evenings. At nine o’clock in the evening, the stores began to shut, I put down my … Continue reading

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Aim High Cambridge Trip 2015

Aim High Cambridge Trip 2015 Following the success of last year’s trip, a second “Aim High” visit to Cambridge was organised. This year we were hosted by our area link College, Gonville and Caius. Boasting both Stephen Hawking as its … Continue reading

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Slow Writing

Slow Writing – Step by Step “Miss, I don’t know what to write!” “Sir, how do you start?” These are questions asked by students who find it difficult to get into descriptive writing. Without adequate one-to-one support, puzzlement can lead … Continue reading

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Friday – time for taking a risk – Lesson 1

Friday – time for¬†taking a risk: group work and dialogic learning From time to time, I would try something different – taking risks if you will – in my lessons. But I don’t take needless risks. Friday seems to be … Continue reading

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School trip and student efficacy

Report of English Aim High Cambridge Trip Compiled by: Dr V Lien Participants: GCSE students, including five Year 10 (1 Pupil Premium) and seven Year 11 (1 Pupil Premium) students. Date: Friday, 11, July 2014 Location: Clare College and Robinson … Continue reading

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