Author Archives: Anthony Radice

About Anthony Radice

An English teacher of English in England.

The Joy of Good Manners

Originally posted on The Traditional Teacher:
When I was in my teens and twenties, I despised manners. Why would you say words to other people without really feeling them?. Why would you go through routines, using fixed words, instead of…

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Direct Instruction Principles for Guided Writing Practice

Originally posted on The Traditional Teacher:
I’ve been a fan of Expressive Writing for a number of years. It is exquisitely designed, and like all of Engelmann’s Direct Instruction programmes, the principles on which it is based can teach us…

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Combining GCSE Preparation with Real Education

Originally posted on The Traditional Teacher:
Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) GCSEs are fiddly. There’s no way around it. They contain multiple question types which demand slightly different things of pupils, and they are marked according to rigid criteria, often by…

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Primary Literature: Telling Stories

Originally posted on The Traditional Teacher:
Boy Reading (1843) by Albert Tikos (1815-1845) I’m currently working with primary teachers across the Inspiration Trust to develop a content-focused approach to literature. I spoke to the whole primary staff about this project back…

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Top Ten Posts from 2017

Originally posted on The Traditional Teacher:
2017 was a rather quieter year on the blog. I moved to work for the Inspiration Trust in September, and much of my writing energies have been focused on producing resources for Inspiration teachers…

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How Not to Prepare for Reading Tests

Originally posted on The Traditional Teacher:
Can you prepare for an ‘unseen’ reading test – a test in which you will have to read something you’ve never encountered before, and answer questions on it? To answer this question, we need…

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Can Schools Make a Difference?

Originally posted on The Traditional Teacher:
When studies are made of how much difference schools make, they focus on finding out the main factors which contribute to the variation in academic success, and discover that schools are a relatively small…

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