If you have been a faithful follower of this blog over the last 12 months, I thank and salute you – It is continuing into the future in a new form, and via a new address:
Just like this one, there you can sign up for email updates, or simply visit it on occasion. You can syndicate it using RSS or if you want to, you can print and read it. This old journal will stay here indefinitely and you continue to be welcome to access the information and materials and use them as you see fit.
In other news:
- Edutronic has grown into a much larger domain with sites for other classes and an increasingly sophisticated set of resources and materials. Via Edutronic you can also access the English Department site where you can accesss moderated exemplars of student work, year plans, policies and information about the research and new learning initiatives the London Nautical School Department of English are engaged in.
- Student Personal Journal 2.0 – it has gone public: This year, the students’ online journals have been developed and now you have the facility to publish, on your own page with its own address, any work you’d like to make available to the wider world. The control is now yours, and the publish/private choice is entirely yours too. We’re in the frontline of education with this initiative and I’m sure it will be of real interest to many people as it gets going
- GCSE Results for last year’s Year 11 cohort exceeded our expectations and in the English Language paper, our over-all result for students who gained at least a C grade, shot up by 14% to 73% over-all. We are tremendously proud of those boys and we’ve got our work cut out for us to embed and improve on that this year, but I couldn’t be more optimistic that we’ve got what it takes to maintain this meteoric improvement.
If you’re leaving us at this stage of our journey, then we thank you for flying with us, and wish you a very good day
Students from Year 9 English at the London Nautical School prepared and presented a debate in class discussing the implications of the decision of the UN to withdraw from Rwanda during the 1992 Tootsie Genocide. This film presents edited highlights from the second of three debates on the moot: “That the United Nations was right to stay out of the conflict in Rwanda”.
This graph will be updated daily as the students make progress through their English personal reading novels. You also can see more, including the actual texts they are bringing to, and reading in, class.
When the boys complete their online reading passport entries after finishing a text, these will be added to another graph here, tallying their progress towards the goal of 8 texts by the end of the year.
Students from Year 9 English at the London Nautical School prepared and presented a debate in class discussing the implications of the decision of the UN to withdraw from Rwanda during the 1992 Tootsie Genocide. This film presents edited highlights from the first of three debates on the moot: "That the United Nations was right to stay out of the conflict in Rwanda".
Tomorrow the class will be typing up the final draft of their analysis in the computer room. In readiness for this we explored methods of writing an effective introduction – and in a moment of uncharacteristic focus for the class, I was able to type an example on the board while everyone was working.
Here is the information about writing introductions and the sample intro from today: