Thursday, 11 February 2016

Jeremy Hunt says, Collected Vol 3

Jeremy Hunt says doctors are the middle man between life and death and he's just trying to cut out the middle man.

Jeremy Hunt says if you have a pint of water in 5 bottles, then put the pint into 7 bottles, the pint becomes more than a pint.

Jeremy Hunt says if the Junior Doctors don't accept the deal he'll get unemployed school leavers do their job.

For the NHS; for the Junior Doctors

As ever - for the NHS and today for the Junior Doctors in support and solidarity with your action:

These are the hands
That touch us first
Feel your head
Find the pulse
And make your bed.

These are the hands
That tap your back
Test the skin
Hold your arm
Wheel the bin

Change the bulb
Fix the drip
Pour the jug
Replace your hip

These are the hands
That fill the bath
Mop the floor
Flick the switch
Soothe the sore

Burn the swabs
Give us a jab
Throw out sharps
Design the lab.

And these are the hands
That stop the leaks
Empty the pan
Wipe the pipes
Carry the can
Clamp the veins
Make the cast
Log the dose
And touch us last.

Jeremy Hunt says...Collected Vol 2

Jeremy Hunt's contract says he doesn't have to work at weekends.

Jeremy Hunt says everyone knows he'll be running the NHS long after all the Junior Doctors have become hedge fund managers and estate agents

Jeremy Hunt says he doesn't want to be guilty of misrepresentation but he would just like to point out junior doctors are mass murderers.

Jeremy Hunt says making a contract doesn't have to be between two parties. He likes doing it with himself.

Jeremy Hunt says he's had another look at the stats and discovered that no one dies between Monday and Friday.

Jeremy Hunt says that lots of poor people aren't safe where they live so why should they have safety if they are patients in hospital?

Jeremy Hunt says that when Britain was great, barbers were surgeons, so he's asking barbers and hairdressers to be doctors.

Jeremy Hunt says the NHS was a socialist plot to undermine Winston Churchill

Jeremy Hunt says this cradle to the grave malarkey is a bit sentimental. He says he's not in a cradle or a grave and he's getting along fine

Jeremy Hunt says the Junior Doctors are unpopular because no sick person really wants a doctor to help make them better.

Jeremy Hunt says at least Hitler made the doctors run on time.

Jeremy Hunt says what is all this childish attachment to a National Health Service? Why not a Branson Health Service? Or a Murdoch one?

Jeremy Hunt says what is all this childish attachment to a national healrh service? Why not a Branson Health Service? Or a Murdoch one?

Jeremy Hunt says why in heaven's name would doctors know anything about the health service?

Jeremy Hunt says too many doctors behave as if they have a mind of their own.

Jeremy Hunt says any Junior Doctor breaking his contract will be dismissed and if that means sacking all of them so much the better.

Jeremy Hunt says he was born to lead and Junior Doctors were born to follow.

Jeremy Hunt says Junior Doctors are like dogs and can and must be brought to heel.

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

6 year old crying because she hasn't used enough subordinating conjunctions

Message I just received:
"My 6-year-old daughter was crying at bedtime tonight, utterly inconsolable. When I asked her what was wrong, she said "Mummy, I tried really hard to write a whole page in English today, but it wasn't good enough because I didn't have enough subordinating conjunctions." 6 years old. This breaks my heart as both a mother and a primary school teacher myself."

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Simple oral poetry idea

There's an ad at the moment where we hear 'Big bad wolf' repeated and a bit of percussion in between. This is precisely what I suggest that we can do in poetry workshops with children. We can pick a phrase, repeat it to produce a rhythm and then over the top of that spoken rhythm say lines that occur to you: e.g. 'I'm not afraid' or 'I'm scared of spiders' or 'Go away'...You just slot them in whenever you feel like it. You can do it nicely in a circle, where everyone says the chorus and people throw in their lines as and when they want to...

Nick Gibb boosts reading for pleasure whilst insulting teachers and our intelligence

Reading for pleasure far outweighs the impact of socio-economic background on pupils’ success at school, Nick Gibb has said.

The schools minister wants every primary pupil to read “at least one book a week” and is concerned that secondary English teachers start preparing pupils for GCSE-style questions too soon.

“Reading for pleasure is more important than a family’s socio-economic status in determining a child’s success at school,” Mr Gibb said yesterday.

The minister cited UCL Institute of Education research involving 6,000 children which found that reading for pleasure was more important for a child’s cognitive development, between10-16, than their parents’ level of education.

“Remarkably, the combined effect of reading books often, going to the library regularly and reading newspapers at 16 was four times greater than the advantage children gained from having a parent with a degree”, he said.

“These findings show that given the gift of reading, a child’s life chances need not be limited by their social or economic background. Deprivation need not be destiny.”

Mr Gibb said research also showed that “even highly educated people use less sophisticated vocabulary when speaking than the words used in a typical children’s book”.

“Which is why it is so important not just to talk to children but to read to them as well,” the minister added.

Mr Gibb made his comments in a speech to mark National Storytelling Week, referencing the storytelling abilities of people from the singer Max Bygraves to Jesus.

He said that after instilling the love of reading, it was important for children to practice it often.

“For this reason, I would like to see every pupil in years 3 to 6 of primary school reading at least one book a week,” the minister told an audience at St Andrew’s Primary School in Soham, Cambridgeshire.

“‘A book a week’ should be the mantra for anyone hoping to eliminate illiteracy in this country.”

Schools, he said, must introduce pupils to the great works of the English literary canon to give pupils “an intellectual hinterland to draw upon for the rest of their lives.”

But he added: “I do question why, when I am on school visits, I see teachers in the first three years of secondary school already using English literature lessons to prepare for GCSE-style questions.

"Instead of GCSE-style analysis of the text, should those lessons not be used to spread the sheer enjoyment of reading, through introducing pupils to a wide and varied diet of English and world literature?

"I am sure this would be far better preparation for their eventual examinations than a premature obsession with exam technique.”

Mr Gibb said the world was “living through something of a golden age of children’s books”, praising the Percy Jackson and Hunger Games novels for their ability to transport young people to another time and place.

His comments come as the primary English curriculum has faced criticism for its focus on grammar – with some commentators claiming it could put children off reading entirely.

Writing on the TES website recently, Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, said "an obsession" with describing language took up valuable teaching time and drew attention away from children developing their own language abilities.

Secondary school teacher explains why he has to teach to the test

On a post below about Nick Gibb urging teachers to help their children read for pleasure by taking them to the library (wot library, nick?) and get away from teaching to the test (that's what your test-crazy regime gave birth to, Nick), someone called David Gould wrote this:

"Secondary school teachers do this [David's referring to 'teach to the test'] because since the early 1990s school shave been forced to measure progress on National Curriculum levels which assumed close analytical responses to texts to gain a basic level 5. If you dictate and brainwash a profession to act in one way, then why question it when the process has become institutionalized? And since GCSE is the benchmark we are told to aim for, why would you NOT help students early to cope with what is to come. If Education Ministers (I always think that is an oxymoron) want assessment to reflect real education practice perhaps they had better design exams that allow students to read for pleasure and let them write about their thinking and personal responses to texts that appeal to them. It might mean that the 'correct answers' would not be able to be written on exam mark schemes and we would have to assess insight and understanding. We used to have exams like that and they were excellent at motivating students to read and respond but they were deemed too easy as they had generic questions."