Clishmaclaver – Brechin High Library Blog

May 24, 2017
by Miss Stewart

Word Facts: Who vs. Whom

Whom is often confused with who. What’s the difference between these two pronouns? Check out our latest Word Fact to find out! 🙂

How do you decide which one to use? When in doubt, substitute him (sometimes you’ll have to rephrase the sentence) and see if that sounds right. If him is OK, then whom is OK. If the more natural substitute is he, then go with who. For example: You talked to whom? It would be incorrect to say You talked to he? but saying You talked to him? makes grammatical sense.

All of that said, in informal speech and writing, speakers will often opt for who where whom has traditionally been used. This choice sounds more natural and less formal to most native English speakers.

Do you ever use whom?

Art credit: ©WikiHow

May 24, 2017
by Miss Stewart
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Talking about Terrorism

The world being what it is, it is unfortunately necessary to have conversations about terrorism with our children. Try this excellent resource from The Day for advice on how to talk about terrorist attacks – like the recent horror in Manchester – in schools. 🙁

May 23, 2017
by Miss Stewart

Wonder Woman Has Her Day!

DC have announced that  Wonder Woman Day 2017 will be June 3rd! Which, happily, just happens to coincide with the opening weekend of the new Wonder Woman film! 😀

So, what will you be reading, watching, and/or wearing (!) to celebrate? Is there a real life Wonder Woman you’d like to nominate?

Art credit: ‘Wonder Woman’ artwork by the great Frank Quitely; image taken from Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum

May 22, 2017
by Miss Stewart

The Colour of Memory

How Use of Colour Can Help Your Child’s Revision

Do read this timely blog from WHSmith about the useful application of colour-coding to pupils’ revision techniques. Keep an ear open for the fact that ultimately they’re trying to sell stationery though! 😉

When it comes to revision, children use techniques and methods they feel work best for them, whether it’s creating rhymes to remember equations, sticking notes on their bedroom walls, or getting their parents to quiz them after they’ve learned a topic or two. And when it comes to actually creating revision notes, all kids love reaching for their highlighters, gel pens and post-it notes to add a splash of colour to their work.

Art credit: © 1999 – 2016 WHSmith

The Map of Chemistry

May 19, 2017 by Miss Stewart | 0 comments

Here at Clishmaclaver I don’t often get the chance to post on non-literacy based subjects like science or maths, etc., so when I saw this on FB I was pretty excited. So, c/o Open Culture – “the best free cultural and educational media on the web” –

The Map of Chemistry: New Animation Summarizes the Entire Field of Chemistry in 12 Minutes.

Art credit: found at Redbubble

May 19, 2017
by Miss Stewart

A Strategy for Reading..?

This recent article from The Herald (Free registration required to read it!) sings the praises of school librarians in the face of falling literacy standards, as reported in the recently published Scottish Survey of Literacy. So, of course, I had to share! 😉

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