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Class Blogging 2.0

The New English Class Blog

Edutronic has grown. We have our own server, our own domain, and new sites for everyone

If you have been a faithful follower of this Year 7F blog over the last 12 months, I thank and salute you. It is continuing into the future in a new form, and at a new address:

Just like this one, you can sign up for email updates, or simply visit it on occasion. You can syndicate it using RSS or if you want to, you can print and read it. This old journal will stay here indefinitely and you continue to be welcome to access the information and materials and use them as you see fit.

In other news:

  • Edutronic has grown into a much larger domain with sites for other classes and an increasingly sophisticated set of resources and materials. Via Edutronic you can also access the English Department site where you can accesss moderated exemplars of student work, year plans, policies and information about the research and new learning initiatives the London Nautical School Department of English are engaged in.
  • Your Personal Journal 2.0 – it has gone public: This year, your online journal has been developed and now you have the facility to publish, on your own page with its own address, any work you’d like to make available to the wider world. The control is now yours, and the publish/private choice is entirely yours too. We’re in the frontline of education with this initiative and I’m sure it will be of real interest to many people as it gets going
  • iPads: have been purchased and we will finally have state-of-the art digital tools to use in the classroom to transform our everyday work. We worked hard for this, and I’m very proud of the result.
  • GCSE Results for last year’s Year 11 cohort exceeded our expectations and in the English Language paper, our over-all result for students who gained at least a C grade, shot up by 14% to 73% over-all. We’ve got our work cut out for us to embed and improve on that this year, but I couldn’t be more optimistic that we’ve got what it takes to maintain this meteoric improvement.

If you’re leaving us at this stage of our journey, then we thank you for flying with us, and wish you a very good day

Grammar for Writing – Dystopian Openings – The Final Analysis

Today’s lesson was brilliant – and from it everyone now has at least 4 pieces of detailed feedback exploring how a grammatical approach might improve the effectiveness of their piece. Look out for this work, as much of it is going to appear online soon!

(we were filmed, too – so you might get a peek inside the classroom on the edutronic site soon!)

This Might Interest You… A Graphic Representation of the Ideas in 1984

Since we have been looking at the writing of George Orwell, and in particular Nineteen Eighty Four, some of you might be interested in this graphic representation of the novel’s ideas produced for me by a student in New Zealand, Rosemary Wolfin

Rosemary Wolfin created this graphic answer to an essay question that asked her to explore some of the messages in George Orwell’s novel, Nineteen Eighty Four

The Grammar for Writing Project: Part 4: Relative Clauses

(Tonight’s homework is to complete the re-write of two of your sentences from you existing pieces of dystopian descriptive writing – we’ll present some of these as part of the opening to the lesson tomorrow)

“Two Cars, One Night” and “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”

Two Cars, One Night

This term we are pushing our creative and multi-media minds to the limit in a programme of learning that perhaps has as its only unifying element the setting of the Southern Seas. The term has begun with an intensive programme of film study with a specific focus on camera techniques. This knowledge is being applied to the study of the short film “Two Cars, One Night“. To follow this we are exploring the poetic power of the great epic poem “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge – and to conclude it all, we are heading to the British Film Institute with a battalion of hardy teacher trainees from the Institute of Education and making a film in a day – which will be produced and directed by the boys and will be based on a passage of their choice from the Coleridge poem.

All up, it’s going to be a pretty exciting term. Expect to see the results of their work on here as well as, potentially, some input from the Institute of Education and the BFI. As always, you are invited to comment at will!