I met both Steve and Martin at the PIXL6 meeting in London in September. As I sat with a colleague listening to them speak I immediately made a link between contextual priorities that we have as a school and the issues that they had faced – the same issues that prompted them to undertake the … Continue reading
By Sunny Gunessee Further to my last post summarising my work investigating the flipped classroom approach, more questions have been raised about how to make best use of available time. There is a net gain in available lesson time as a result of students completing their reading outside of class. Resulting in there being a requirement of not just … Continue reading
Our journey with the Teacher Development Trust Network started back in December 2012 and involved a round trip of over 700 miles in a day! Even reading this statement now makes me realise how strongly I must have felt about engaging with this network. I initially became aware of the work of TDT Network in … Continue reading
I am sure that many of you have heard of John Maxwell; a best-selling author and leadership coach. I had heard phrases such as ‘level 5 leadership’ at various events and in various conversations and hadn’t really given it much more thought. Recently I watched the video below and it got me thinking about how … Continue reading
In 1998 as a young and fresh faced trainee teacher I was fortunate enough to watch an All Blacks training session at Bracknell Rugby club with some team mates from my university rugby club. It was an experience that has stuck with me since that day; I watched a cohesive group of my heroes working … Continue reading
At the start of the Spring term a system of RAG marking was introduced across the school with the aim of increasing the speed of marking for the teacher and increasing the levels of engagement with the feedback and reflection upon the feedback from the pupil. We decided to focus just on the use of … Continue reading
A guest blog by Pete Myson. English teacher extraordinaire and guitar hero! The focus for my Thursday morning thriller was memory technique for students. The starting point was the new changes being made to the English Literature GCSE which requires that students tackle responses to Shakespeare plays and modern novels in a ‘closed book’ exam … Continue reading
Participants: Nikki Barnes (Head of RE), Freya Jennison, Eoin Walshe, Zoe James (Literacy Leader) Deciding to conduct a lesson study was the result of an INSET day I spent at an NTEN training day, which David Didau was speaking at. I had a conversation with him in which he said to me that GCSE classes … Continue reading
A guest blog by Sunny Gunessee Head of Humanities Faculty, Oriel High School. In the last twelve months more time has been spent doing book looks, work scrutiny, book checks and whatever else you would like to call it than ever before! As a part of this process it has become clear that a quality … Continue reading
As February starts, teachers with examination groups across the country suddenly become acutely aware of the passage of time; seconds, minutes, hours, lessons, days, weeks, months; no matter how you measure it the looming examination season tends to sharpen focus on what has been done and what there is still to do when supporting students … Continue reading
The sell out Thursday Thriller crowd was treated to another really informative session, this week delivered by Tom Haward. The topic of the session was questioning and the point should be made at this point that due to the volume of information Tom was only able to cover the first part of his presentation, part two … Continue reading
Solo Taxonomy is the Structured of Observed Learning Outcomes. It was developed by Biggs and Collis (1982), and is well described in Biggs and Tang (2007) I initially heard about this via Sean Allison, Deputy at Durrington High (@shaun_allison) who was kind enough to share some initial resources with me. You can see more about SOLO on … Continue reading
Will Thomas, 2009. Coaching Solutions 2nd Edition: Practical Ways to Improve Performance in Education. 2 Edition. Bloomsbury Academic. Will Thomas Alistair Smith As an avid reader of football related coaching books, I was recommended this great read about two and half years ago by my line manager. This book helped me as an aspiring middle leader … Continue reading
It was my turn in the chair (again!), this time talking about the transition matrices functionality available to all teachers via Go4Schools. It is clear that a set of teacher owned data that allows individual staff members to drill into the detail of the progress that different students within teaching groups are making is a … Continue reading
The subject of the Thursday Morning Thriller was the secret of reading. This great session was led by Zoe James, Literacy Lead at Oriel High School. This was a really informative session that followed on very nicely from the INSET work about making the Implicit Explicit that we did on Friday 21st November with David … Continue reading
Today we had an enlightening 15 minute forum from Tom Freeman regarding student behaviour. He talked about some of the common problems that we all might face as classroom practitioners; Defiance Class Clown Interrupting Disrespectful Refusal to work Silly noises Abusive Language Tom shared with those who attended a really useful resource that was produced … Continue reading
As a PE teacher of many years one area that I have traditionally struggled with was supporting students to be able to write high quality extended essays for the A2 exam paper. I always seemed to struggle with the ability to help students write concisely, using technical language and actually answer the question that was … Continue reading
Often when I am engaged in dialogue about lesson planning with colleagues a similar question arises; something along the lines of: “I understand the concept of the connect and consolidate elements of the plan for learning but am struggling to differentiate between the activate and demonstrate elements. Help!” I often wonder if this is a … Continue reading
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