Hello everyone! I hope we are all okay and healthy. If you, or anyone you know, is affected by COVID-19 then you have my sympathies and I'm pretty sure, the sympathy of the rest of the world as well. These are crazy times.
With that in mind, I'm going to keep this brief. A lot of parents are experiencing the joys of home-learning. It can be very difficult to suddenly switch from being a parent to be being a teacher (especially with no training, little sleep and more than enough to worry about beyond education).
We all need a break at times and it can be very tempting to sit the kids in front of the TV and leave them to it. But then comes the guilt, right?
Well don't worry - I've got you covered.
My latest writing project is... well, it's actually an essay about the best way to conduct research, two about how to spot and avoid bad assessment practises, and a dissertation on high-stakes testing for young children. But my latest relevant-to-you writing project is a whole bunch of reading comprehension and creative exercises for children of all ages based on, wait for it...
You can now, in good conscience, sit your little angels down to watch an episode or two in the knowledge that it is actually helping them with their English.
At the moment I have papers for the following shows:
There are more on the way - I am aiming to write one every day.
Best of all, for the duration of the lock-down, they are totally free to use, share, print...
Head over to bit.ly/mrmcovidschool and look in the Netflix Comprehension folder. Check the other bits and pieces out while you're there. There's a lot. The times tables games are great for two or more people to play together - there's a folder for learning and a folder for revising. There's even a built-in timer for added challenge!
Look after yourselves, everyone. Stay inside. Stay safe. If you're feeling really low and just want to talk to someone, DM me on Twitter; we can set up a zoom chat!