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Pop Quiz – Separation Anxiety

I’m about to enter the wonderful and terrifying world of fatherhood and that means I’ll be on paternity leave soon. I get two weeks off when the baby’s born, which I’ll hopefully be able to tag onto the Christmas holidays. Obviously it’s a super-exciting time, but today I was struggling …

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Pop Quiz – When Parents Attack

It’s the weekend, Pop Quizzers! To celebrate, I’m writing this post under the influence of sweet sweet root beer. I know that’s probably not too big a deal for many of you, but it’s pretty much entirely unavailable over here. My local supermarket just started stocking some “USA import” products …

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Pop Quiz – I’m Not Allowed To Tell You What I Think

As a preface to a larger post on the educational implications of the forthcoming Scottish independence referendum, this week I’d like to ask about how divisive political issues are handled in your school or college or university.   Next September, Scotland will vote on whether or not to leave the …

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Pop Quiz: This Book has been Rated NC-17

Happy Friday, Pop Quizzers! Let’s talk about sex and violence and monsters!   Our school library is one of my favourite places to be during my working day. It’s packed to the gills with all sorts of wonderful fiction and non-fiction books and it’s surprisingly well used by the pupils. …

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Pop Quiz: Paper is Dead

Hey there, Doubters! Just a quick one from me today I’m afraid. I wanted to go back to a topic that I (and some of my fellow writers) have touched upon previously; namely the use of personal electronic devices in the classroom. However, today I’m specificlaly interested in discussing e-readers. …

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Pop Quiz: Teenage Immortality versus Critical Thinking

Afternoon, Quiz-Poppers. I’m making a bit of a serious cry for help today with this post and I’d really appreciate any input that you might be able to provide. Fair warning: This post is pretty self-indulgent, but it also deals with a potentially dangerous critical thinking failure.   In the …

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Pop Quiz – But She’s Been Dead For Fifteen Yeeeeeears…

Hallowe’en! Hooray! The one day in the year when teachers can attempt to terrify their students to their very cores without feeling guilty about it later on.   Every Hallowe’en I like to turn my classroom into a den of horror fiction. I usually put aside normal lessons for that …

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Pop Quiz: This Post has been Censored for your Protection.

Today I taught a Forbidden Poem. A piece of writing deemed so offensive by a select group of people that a few years ago teachers were told to literally tear up every book that contained it. The government removed this poem from the English syllabus across an entire country, meaning …

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Pop Quiz: And Then I Shot a Guy in the Face and it was AWESOME.

You might have noticed that a particularly popular video game was released a few weeks ago. It features cars and guns and crime and torture and a whole whack of stripper-based misogyny. It’s ostensibly for adults and, in the UK at least, comes with a legal age rating which means …

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Pop Quiz: Surprise Jesus

This is going to be a quick Pop Quiz since I’m off on school hike into the rainy Scottish wilderness shortly. If I don’t post anything else after today, then I’m probably at the bottom of a ravine somewhere. You guys can have my stuff. Today I wanted to ask …

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