Here’s a run down of my top 10 most viewed blog posts from 2016.
10. An Insight Into the Male Experience: 447 views
In this one, I tried to explain that books and GCSEs and degrees won’t always make everything okay. For some people, in certain situations, brute, physical force is all that means anything and if you can’t fight-or if you aren’t scary enough- you will be made to feel shite by other people. And feel shite you will.
9. Okay, So You’ve Read it. Now What?: 452 views
Teachers who read more, must be better than those who read less, right? In this post, I explain how I change my reading experiences into teaching experiences.
8. Corridors: The Ultimate Behaviour Management Tool: 476 views
Written from experience, not research. And based on something my mentor, John Hardy once told me.
7. Allusion: Teach It: 490 views
I never write enough English blogs. And it frustrates me. This one pleased me for two reasons. Firstly, it’s the closest I’ve ever come to writing like @Xris32 and secondly, Doug Lemov got in touch after reading this. And that meant a lot to me; for me, he’s a celebrity.
6. Dear Boys: 642 views
This originally started out as a performance poem. But then I got sick of a) the way women talk about boys and b) the way boys talk about women. So I published it. It’s unfinished.
5. I’m Too Good For This CPD: 673 views
This one peed a lot of people off, mainly because the arrogant tone of the article. It should be noted, I used behaviour management simply because it was the first thing I thought of. I could’ve chosen any other area of education: data, SEND, subject-knowledge. The point of the piece isn’t ‘I don’t need any more behaviour management training’; rather, it’s ‘give me some training that I want. Please.’
4. 8 mistakes we make about Boys and English: 848 views.
There’s loads more than 8.
3. In Defence of Similes: 1309 views
Inspired by a piece @Joeybagstock wrote, this looks at similes. I’m really proud of this bit:
And, with similes, a young Italian man can be in desperate love with a young Italian woman he perceives to outshine all others , but – because he remembers she is human -he needn’t die due to a blinding devotion that mars his ability to make rational and informed decisions.
2. There’s More to Life Than Teachers: 2167 views
In which I acknowledge that students have a life beyond school. A life that helps them to do a load of stuff we overburden ourselves with trying to teach.
1. Dear PE Teachers: 10,400 views
Over 10,000 views in about two weeks this one. Unbelievable. Josh Clayman was holding a PE teachmeet at my school and I wanted to say something; I’d just read Sam Leith’s ‘You Talkin’ to Me’ and I wanted to try and write a speech that follows the six part structure of rhetorical arrangement. It’s all there- Exordium, Narratio, Division, Proof, Refutation, Peroration. I delivered the speech in front of a crowd of PE teachers and then I got home and published it online. Someone posted it on facebook and then it all kicked off. Enjoyed every minute of it.