Name: James Theobald
Twitter name: @JamesTheo
Subject taught (if applicable): English
What is your advice about? Five Common Wrongs for English Teachers to Avoid
- Teaching pupils that a comma is used to mark a pause or to take a breath. Hearing, this, is, enough, to, make, me, hyperventilate.
- Using the word ‘connective’ to describe a part of speech. It’s a made-up term used to lump words together into arbitrary groups.
- Using the phrase ‘wow word’ to mean ‘sophisticated language’. Unless, of course, you are trying to teach the concept of irony.
- Teaching that simple and complex sentences are about length. A well-written simple sentence can often be a long, lingering, meandering piece of carefully crafted epic beauty.
- Doing something else when there’s an opportunity to read. If you are studying Shakespeare, the best thing pupils can do is to read some Shakespeare.