IllumiNATE – teaching strategies and activities

Each IllumiNATE is a short article outlining an English teaching strategy or approach that has been successful in the classroom. Written by English teachers and teacher trainers including RQTs, heads of department and senior examiners, IllumiNATEs provide tested, practical classroom-ready resources. From ‘Sentence Lego’ to ‘Googling for Originality’, IllumiNATE provides support and stimulus for teachers and students at all stages.

NATE needs you!

If you have a great teaching activity or strategy and would like it to be considered for publication, please send us your ideas. Proposals are welcome from teachers of English and literacy at all key stages. It doesn’t have to be complex: simple but with a positive impact on learning in the classroom is fine! See the examples of previous IllumiNATEs below.

The common structure is simple:

  • What’s the point? (learning objectives)
  • In the classroom (preparation/orientation/resources/differentiation)
  • Tips and techniques (reinforcement/adaptation/extension)

Please send us an outline of your idea. We look forward to hearing about your excellent classroom-based work. If we think it would make a good IllumiNATE article, we’ll ask you to write it up in detail.

Get in touch with our illumiNATE editors (below) if you wish to find out more about this opportunity.

You can download the proposal form here. 

Primary illumiNATE

Janet Gough, NATE’s Primary Officer 

Secondary illumiNATE

Gary Snapper, NATE’s Secondary Officer

IllumiNATE teaching tips

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