Category Archives: ideas

Inspired in IKEA 2.0

I love visits to IKEA as, along with the scented candles and plastic bags, I invariably come away with all sorts of unexpected items. In 2008 I posted Inspired in IKEA and quickly followed it up with Inspired in IKEA part 2. I continued being inspired in on A visit to IKEA in 2010 and with Breakfast from […]

#PracPed15 – Using technology to enhance Primary Language Learning

My session at the wonderful Practical Pedagogies conference centred around the use of technology to enhance Primary Language Learning. Key points I made included: technology is not  just for the pupils but also for the teacher; it is just one tool we have to use; it is not always the best tool for the job. I […]

#pracped15 – impressions and sketchnotes

I had the joy and pleasure of going to France last week for the Practical Pedagogies conference at International School of Toulouse. It’s not every day you get to go on a course that involves a ‘plane journey, and I was wondering about the wisdom of my exploits as I sprinted from one side of Brussels […]

Practical Pedagogies Conference 2015

I always get excited when people invite me to speak at conferences but I was very excited when Russel Tarr (created Classtools.net and was famously attacked by Gove for using Mr Men to help teach History resulting in a mass Mr Men Twitter avatar protest in solidarity!) asked me if I’d like to speak at a conference he was planning in Toulouse. A […]

Top ten tips for Primary Language Learning

If you’ve read the July edition of UKEDmagazine you may have read my article entitled Top ten tips for Primary Language Learning. If you haven’t, you can read the unedited version below or the official version at this link Top ten tips for Primary Language Learning A wide variety of people teach languages in Primary […]

We’re on our way – Staffordshire Primary Languages conference: 26th June 2015

On Friday 26th June I attended the Entrust Primary Languages Conference in Stafford, organised and led by Lorna Harvey. Entitled ‘We’re on our way’, the day began with an excellent keynote from Clare Seccombe aka @valleseco and genius behind LightBulbLanguages. Sharing a title with the conference, Clare shared her ideas on the journeys involved in primary […]

UnderstandingModernGov conference – June 16th 2015

A little bit delayed by end of term madness… On June 16th I travelled to London for a day long conference organised by UnderstandingModernGov on the subject of Primary Languages – “Successfully implement the new Primary Modern Foreign Languages curriculum”. It was great to see Janet, Sylvie, Nadine and Julie, and to meet all the delegates […]

Las manos – calming Spanish songs and rhymes about hands!

Ever since #ililc5 when Janet Lloyd introduced us to this French song for gaining attention and restoring quiet in the classroom, I’ve been searching for a Spanish equivalent. So far I’ve not found one but it got me thinking about using songs and rhymes to create calm. I have to admit that I tend to use them […]

#ililc5 Show and Tell – El que busca encuentra

My idea to share at the Show and Tell was based on a post I wrote in August – El que busca encuentra The picture I shared is on that post (in two parts) and below I’ve uploaded it as one image. I’ve also shared another couple that don’t have questions. Grandes genios de la […]

ModernLanguages, ModernTeaching – Making Links

My second session was all about cross curricular language learning; how languages support other areas of the curriculum like literacy and maths as well as how languages can be taught in conjunction with and through other subjects and vice versa. Making Links – Cross curricular language learning from Lisa Stevens I mentioned my Pinterest pages; here’s the link […]