After reading the excellent ‘Retrieval Practice’ by Kate Jones (great name, btw!), I’ve created this placemat which could act as a generic prompt for learners of foreign languages to use in any given lesson. It should be suitable for any year group at any time of year. I think there are 3 possible ways of…Details
UPDATE: I am not running summer courses this summer (2020) as I am on maternity leave. I’m very excited to announce that I’m running some intensive beginners’ French, German and Spanish courses over the summer holidays… just for teachers of MFL! Many of us benefit hugely from being able to teach more than one language…Details
My free resources have moved! Click here to access all of my free French, German and Spanish resources, PLUS some free CPD and links to my podcast, Memrise and Quizlet resources, as well! If you love my free resources and want to support me in my work, please consider buying me a coffee by…Details
The latest worksheet in my Positivity Toolkit is about calming anxiety through noticing the things around us.
I don’t actually get to use my own resources that often, but I had a great tutoring session recently where I used my French writing workbook with a Year 11 student.
Why practise gratitude? One of the core principles of the Positivity Planner, and a wellbeing tool that is backed up by huge amounts of research, is the concept of gratitude. Simply taking the time to think about what you are grateful for, either once a day, or even just once a week, can have a…Details
Why ‘3 brilliant things’? I don’t know about you, but often at the end of a long week, when I’m exhausted and counting down the minutes until the weekend, I find it can be all too easy to focus on the negatives. Therefore, every Friday, I make an effort to reflect on the brilliant things…Details
What are ‘junk values’? I recently listened to the brilliant (if somewhat controversial!) Johann Hari on the Feel Better Live More podcast with Dr Rangan Chatterjee and found one of his ideas particularly interesting… the notion of ‘junk values’. Hari described this concept in an article in the LA Times: “Junk food looks like food,…Details
I am so excited to be able to give you a sneak peek of my French, Spanish and German GCSE Listening resources! These have been a long time in the making and I have to say a massive thank you to the very kind native speakers whose voices you hear on these recordings! I was…Details
I filmed this earlier on a little walk when I was trying to wake myself up and get some motivation. Just to prove I’m not some ridiculously sunny, annoyingly positive person all the time! I have to work on it every day, just like most people, especially when it’s cold and dark outside all the…Details