Teach Like You’re in a Panto


TLYP, or Teach Like You’re in a Panto, is the title of my seminal new work, which will be arriving in all school libraries soon. In it, I describe (or is that ‘explain’?) ninety-nine tried-and-tested techniques for the sage on the stage to bring knowledge to all age(s).

Okay, I’m joking, obvs. But this seemingly ridiculous idea came about after a few conversations with an excellent PGCE student. One of the things I’m really keen on helping teachers develop is their ability to talk brilliantly. Exposition is such an underrated piece of craft, but also such an important one. My colleague and I have been trying to help said-student teacher improve this – she has everything else and will make a fab teacher, but this is one area where she and – to be fair – many others struggle. Not in a whole-lesson-falls-apart way, but in a Why can’t I make…

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