About & Index


Thanks for visiting my blog! I am a Year 6 teacher and leader with responsibilities for Humanities currently pursuing my NPQSL.

I have now published a couple of ‘proper’ articles. You can find links to them below.

Why I Write

Anais Nin said: “We write to taste life twice.” This, in essence, is the substance of this endeavour. I write to experience the complexities of the classroom, whether they are sweet, savoury, sour or downright repulsive, anew. This might seem alarming: why would someone wish to go over the mundane or the difficult once again? Surely it is better to move on and not dwell on the sour past of anything, not to mention the classroom. Yet, I have come to realise that when I put down my thoughts in writing, I am not only able to transform what went on but cope with the stress, anxiety and hardships of teaching and leading from the middle in England in 2019. The other side of the emotional coin is equally true: by writing, I get to taste the sweetness of the classroom once more…by doing so, I remember why I get up every day in front of my class and do what I do.

I teach because it’s the best job in the world and something I feel God has called me to do for the rest of my life. I write to make sense of his will.

Published Articles

Burns, R. (2018) ‘Applying the ‘Powerful Knowledge’ principle to the disadvantaged context’, Impact.

Burns, R. (2019) ‘What might a knowledge-rich humanities curriculum look like in the primary school?’, Impact.

Index of Blog Posts

  1. Principles of Effective Teaching
  2. Assessment
  3. Curriculum
  4. Cognitive Science in the Classroom
  5. Behaviour
  6. Teacher/Pupil Relationships
  7. Book Reviews

Get In Touch!

Email: howthenshouldweteach@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/howthenshouldweteach/

All content is my own and reflects my opinions only. https://howthenshouldweteach.wordpress.com by Robbie Russell is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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