Category: For Classroom Use

  • How Teaching School Is Different From The Movies

    An English teacher I had at school couldn’t stand that Robin Williams movie, Dead Poet’s Society. The ideal of the enthusiastic teacher jumping about on all the desks, monologuing center stage gave him the shits, I was surprised to learn. Then, when I was at teachers’ college myself, I remember the tutor saying a few times, […]

  • How To Structure Any (Western-style) Story

    Combining my study of film, novels, children’s literature and lyrical short stories, I’ve come up with a nine part story structure. Other cultures historically carve up stories differently. For instance, East Asian audiences expect different things from story, and also differ in the amount of work they expect to put in. Not all stories are…

  • Tuurngait: An award winning short film

    An Inuit child wanders away from his village, fascinated by a wild bird. His father follow his trail, dertermined to find him before he gets lost on the ice floe. 6 minutes) The title of the short film makes us of unusual font. This is reminiscent of the Inuikitut syllabary. QUESTIONS FOR YOUNG VIEWERS Where…

  • Picturebook Study: Colour Analysis

    Picturebook Study: Colour Analysis

    Colour is a language.

  • Is it possible to elicit a love of reading in children?

    Is it possible to elicit a love of reading in children?

    Anyone who sends their kid to piano lessons or any other kind of lesson has probably wondered this: At what point will I allow my kid to give up this pursuit if they’re not enjoying it, or actively resisting? Time Ideas has an interesting article about the science of interest (which I didn’t know was…

  • Writing Activity: Describe A Bedroom

    Writing Activity: Describe A Bedroom

    Lectrology, the study of the bed and its surroundings, can be extremely useful and tell you a great deal about the owner, even if it’s only that they are a very knowing and savvy installations artist. Terry Pratchett, Unseen Academicals Each of us has three lives: public, private and secret. We are rarely afforded glimpses into…