Passion aka Home Baked or Sliced?

23 May

I’m sat here on the train back North after a week long mission to see as many Embrace gigs as possible. I’ve even been accused of being a stalker and of having a mid life crisis. Is 38 middle aged??? The French call it ‘la crise des quarante ans’ so surely not!

I also had a tattoo done of the famous tally from the new self titled Embrace album and not many people get it! I also forget how young some of my students at the Uni are as I’m often met with ‘Embrace. Who are they?’ Heathens!

So it has got me thinking about passion. I’m a passionate person generally speaking and I’d like to think I have a ‘fire in my belly’ about most things. I’m not someone who does things that matter to me half heartedly and I’m an optimist too.

They say like attracts like ( watch the Secret DVD or clips from YouTube) and I’m a strong believer in this concept. I like being around passionate people who are overtly excited by their jobs, lives, hobbies, interests, music…

When I’m not listening to, talking about or watching Embrace I train teachers. Languages are another one of my passions.

My external examiner this year who came to quality assure what I do sent me the most thoughtful text after her visit. In it she said :

“On the train having a nice dinner! I had such a great time, Suzi. It was so interesting to see how your course works and observe K and A. Talking to you is always great as your enthusiasm is amazing. Your trainees and mentors know and appreciate what you do and couldn’t have spoken more highly of you and L which didn’t surprise me at all. You do a fantastic job! Thanks for making my visit so enjoyable.”

Her text made my week for several reasons. (It made me cry if truth me known.) For one, I liked that she had had a great day and that she felt so positive and passionate about it. Two, I agreed with her – I too had had a great day. Three, she talked about my enthusiasm … She recognised that it’s a job but actually it’s more than that to me.

Embrace are a band, some would argue, like many others. But let’s be clear…They are not. They make me feel 16 again. They clearly love what they do and they can see how much they mean to their fans. They respectfully and consistently show their fans how much they mean to them and often set up sneaky cheeky secret gigs. That rocks big time! They are totally awesome live. It sounds cheesy and American but it’s the only word that hits the mark. They totally make my life better.

In my church there is a motto Love Living Live Loving. Enough said.

So Home baked or Sliced?

There are plenty of folk who are happy to go with whatever is easiest, whatever creates the least fuss, anything for an easy life. They take their bread shop bought and sliced.

How many of you reading this are the total opposite? Using the bread analogy, you’re more of a Home baked type. It takes time and effort and energy to be passionate but we only get one chance at this life so let’s make the most of it!

Being just 4ft11 I’m more of a milk loaf myself…home made bien sûr!








#NTENRED NTEN Research Ed Conference, 3 May 2013, Huntington School, York

3 May

Research Ed Huntington 3 May 2014 SB


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Network for Languages – The New NC

1 Nov

Here is my presentation from the Network for Languages event on 22 Oct here at the University of York.

I tried unsuccessfully to email this to you but for the most part the file was too large and bounced back.

Thank you for attending this event – we hope to see you for future events.


Literacy Languages and ICT – the New NC for KS3 languages

Language Show Live Olympia Saturday 19th October 2013

18 Oct

Please find below my FLAME presentation and accompanying resources and hand out.

Take freely and if you have a moment, please comment on how you find the talk and perhaps how you plan to move forward with FLAME.

All best wishes, Suzi

Handout Set the MFL classroom on fire with FLAME

Blog version FLAME Language Show Live

MGP Ecoles du Monde

Get Real! Using Skype to connect

Life’s Essentials in the UK (french)

17 Jun


I saw this article in the Metro on the bus the other day and I wanted to create a resource.

Want Needs Fr Metro June 2013

Thanks to Aurélien Cassan and Amandine Lepachelet for proof reading before publishing.

Hope it comes in handy.

The original article can be found here:

Could be a great citizenship link into a topic on wants and needs.

All good wishes


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MFL Show n Tell York

31 May

Here is my presentation:

FLAME Show n Tell

Show n tell plenary SB


Looking forward to an amazing day.

Night all!


LW 2013 Presentation

23 Mar