Category: Teaching

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Bridging the gap between research and practice

Every year thousands of research papers on teaching are published, some of which contradict each other. How can busy teachers know which research is worth investing time in reading and understanding? And how easily is that research translated into excellent practice in the classroom? What Does This Look Like In The Classroom? Bridging the gap between research and practice That…
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19 Aug ’18 0

First lesson, new class

Early August States side, mid August, UK side, exam results aside, teachers are focusing on first lesson back with the new class. Where to start, what routines to establish. PGCE students are looking for a steer, established teachers looking for some fresh ideas and awarding teachers are pitching in. Please DO NOT go through rules…
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15 Aug ’18 0

Leadership allsorts

Twitter and LinkedIn have been competing for my attention and if I am honest, LinkedIn is growing on me. This week I picked up a few gems from both platforms. Over on Twitter I was involved in a short conversation about Lesson Study prompted by Greg Ashman’s trimmed Dylan Wiliam’s quote “…any school leader that encourages…
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14 Aug ’18 0

Effective teachers – seek advice

Leaders and teachers who want to improve? How do you identify effective teachers? We know that teachers interactions with colleagues impact their effectiveness. Drawing on 5 years of social network data from one school district, Spillane, Shirrell and Adhikari (2018) explored the relationship between teacher performance and teachers’ instructional advice and information interactions. What do we learn?…
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24 Jul ’18 0

Writing prompts in <60s

“Do it now” tasks. Fast prompts. Sentence starters. Mini quizzes. Settling task… call them what you will, these activities benefit from; routine (the development of habit), minimal direction from the teacher (who is probably getting the register taken), relatively short duration (3-5 minutes). In addition to Doug Lemov’s outline, I would encourage retrieval practice or…
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24 Jul ’18 0

Final assembly – slammed

As we approached the end of the school year, I was inspired by our Year 6 students practicing their poetry slam in the “blazing summer sun.” Instead of the end of year assembly, I committed thoughts to paper and presented my reflections as a performance. The poem is a representation of our year at Hindhead…
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21 Jul ’18 0