I know that what I do works.
I know, albeit from just over five short years of experience, that the way I teach children English works. Students enjoy coming to English. They do what I tell them to do. They interact with ideas. They put up their hands, give responses when prompted, discuss when directed, and smile lots. They make good progress, sometimes excellent, progress.
Before, when I was challenged about my practice, I would probably have said something similar to the above.
Now, I am not so sure this is a valid response. Because there is a second, unsaid and often unconsidered half to this sentence.
I know what I do works… But at what cost?
I mark every student’s book every week, unless they are ill when I take them in. In addition to this, I mark any essays or assessments students have done, whether for a pre-decided…
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