Continuum of Plausibility™

‘You will, generally, be rewarded for originality, but the crazier your argument is, the better your reasoning should be’.

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Originally intended as a confidence-builder for the chronically-tentative, it’s become a cliché in my teaching that ‘in English, there’s no such thing as a wrong answer’. Increasingly, though, and especially at A Level, I’m finding it necessary to qualify that empowering notion.  Perhaps students were getting a little too emboldened, as we’ll see below.  Just as Squealer in Animal Farm reminds us that ‘Some animals are more equal than others’, some answers are – obviously – better than others. [a]

Almost organically, as I refined the concept, it came to be known as The Continuum of Plausibility™.  I’ve been using the term here, off and on, for a while now without properly explaining it, so here goes.

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To buy, or not to buy …

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Students, people who know me, or indeed regular visitors will know I have a bit of a fetish for Lego

Just to be clear, I don’t play with it, but I do collect some of the minifigures, photograph them – sometimes for classroom posters, or just because I generally like them.  My Schemes of Work for school, like the one on Conan Doyle‘s The Sign of Four, is full of Lego pics.  I buy plenty of minifigures.

Imagine, though, the situation …

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A fellow of infinite jest …

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Alas, poor C3PO!  I BUILT him, Horatio …

It feels like ages since I took one of these, let alone posted it. In fact, this image was taken back in 2012!

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Classroom Posters #5: Richard III

This is the last of the five posters currently up in my room – but not the last Lego Shakespeare, you’ll either be pleased or dismayed to know …

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In some ways, this was the quickest and easiest image to take – because I had a very strong idea of what I wanted before I started shooting, and there was no need for ‘special effects’ such as smoke …

So there’s no story attached to this one?

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Classroom Posters #4: Romeo and Juliet

Here’s another in the series of classroom posters I’ve got up in my room …

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How was this one shot?  Any unseen secrets?

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Classroom Posters #3: Macbeth

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Macbeth feels like one of the more memorably visual plays … which makes choosing a quotation for a poster all the more difficult.

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Classroom Posters #2: Hamlet

hamletI’ve ignored this blog for too long.

Here’s a second classroom poster.  Now it’s up in my room I’ve had a few questions about it …

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