Overwhelm: 5 ways to manage stress

Reading Time: 4 minutes “Overwhelm” seems like it’s becoming a bit of a new buzzword for the wellbeing / mindfulness vocabulary. For me, it most often manifests as procrastination: I simply can’t get started because it seems like there’s so much to do, I don’t know where best to focus first. Or, just as often, it’s when I realise I’m doing something desperately searching for ‘fun’ because I feel like I have so much to do I spend all my time on ‘serious’ things. So Sophie Cliff’s latest blog resonated with me, and I’ve been thinking about some of the strategies I have used …

How to read a dystopian extract – what to look for

Reading Time: 3 minutes For a while now I’ve used the SCATI approach to dystopian wider reading, which I first read about here: https://jwpblog.com. Like most teaching approaches, I’ve evolved it a bit since then, and have also started to use it as a way to structure the GCSE question 4. As a revision exercise, I created a series of further points of ‘things to look for’ in dystopian fiction. Yes, it’s a checklist, but quite a large and varied one, or at least I think so. Given that close language analysis / writers’ methods is the dominant objective for this question, I think this kind …