By Sunny Gunessee. Over the last 18 months my form sixth form teaching has undergone some significant changes, after visiting the Sociology department at Yavneh College I became sold on the practice of ‘flipped classroom’. I produced an independent enquiry on flipped classroom earlier in the calendar year, and further details can be found by … 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
Subject Areas: Drama, Art and Music. It is noteworthy that this lesson study was carried out during the last academic year before a change to assessment criteria for Key Stage Three was introduced. Available assessment levels as this time were 1 to 8 where the current assessment criteria offer outcomes 1 to 9 for all … 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
Having just finished the first CPL session with our great cohort of NQT / ITT it made me reflect upon my own start to teaching. I thought back to what my biggest concern was and it struck me: behaviour management! Now my concern is really focussed on the learning that happens and I spend time … Continue reading
Why is it happening? This video from Tim Oates summarises nicely why we are where we are: Our rationale: We wanted to create a system that allows: Students to follow sequential steps to success. Students and teachers working together to allow students to keep making progression steps throughout their KS3 and KS4 school career. Sufficient challenge … Continue reading
Alice Hanbury took the reigns of the Thursday Morning Thriller on 11th June. She told us about her experiences as a trainee RE teacher when the concept of a talking teacher was considered to be a very bad thing. How many of you remember the phrase “Too much teacher talk” ? In a very astute observation, … Continue reading
On Thursday 7th may Tom Haward delivered a thought provoking session about his use of IRIS to explore how he questions students, particularly focusing on a Yr 13 Government and Politics lesson. Tom started by explaining the context of the lesson; he used cartoons to stimulate students investigating the 2nd Amendment with the enquiry question … 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
CSJ (PE) and CCO (English) Lesson Study report, by C Jenkins, Feb 2014 Another lesson study from colleagues at Uplands Community College, Wadhurst. Written by Caroline Jenkins, study was Caroline … Continue reading
A Lesson study from colleagues at Uplands Community College, Wadhurst. Written by Aimin Sun, study was Aimin Sun with Carly Heaver and Carla Winchester The concept of lesson study: Lesson study is a method for improving teaching based on systematic and careful observation of lessons concentrating on learners and in particular on the learning. Lesson … 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
Image: StuartWebster As the memories of a great Christmas holiday start to fade and the pre match nerves start to kick in, thoughts turn to school and the days and weeks ahead. One of my New Years resolutions (that I am not going to break!) is to strive to support colleagues to improve further by facilitating … 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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