Category: Teaching


How difficult is hard?

Here we are talking about question or item analysis. How difficulty is a question. Multiple Choice Questions MCQ quizzes can be given a difficulty rating or (p-value). The higher the value the easier the question, or quiz.* Having discussed this with the staff at Boundary Oak School – here is my understanding. Your carefully construct…
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13 Feb ’19 0

Buses and which Coaching and Mentoring course?

Things comes in threes. (Right @Leah_moo?) Like snow storms, keynoters stuck at the train station and lost room keys (the only room in the hotel with an old fashioned key). What about the Early Careers Framework (ECF), new NPQ qualifications and link to “Coaching for Success?“ Under the ECF new teachers will receive a structured,…
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6 Feb ’19 0

I was wrong about ‘teaching to the top’

It would seem that I have been wrong about a few things lately. Encouraging decent is so important within schools, as it is with any organisation. If staff do not feel psychologically safe, few will speak up, even fewer will speak out. Encouraged descent, is yet another organisational management theme connected to trust. Leaders don’t…
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5 Feb ’19 2

Children’s Mental Health Week

The shoes that lay outside St George’s Hall Liverpool represent the 226 children who lost their lives to suicide in 2017. It is a shocking and tragic visual representation to mark the start of Children’s Mental Health Week (4-10 Feb). For a teacher who recently reflected on their lack of awareness of mental health issues…
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5 Feb ’19 0

Disappointed yet undeterred

In January we made the decision to move #srocks19 to Brighton Hill Community School, Basingstoke. On visiting, there is a wonderful sense of camaraderie and “can do” attitude from everyone at the school. From IT, to finance, to Headteacher, Chris Edwards himself. The school have been nothing short of sensational. Friday 1.1.19 the school was…
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2 Feb ’19 5

Sounds interesting

Here is the premise: Classroom sound can be used to classify teaching practices in college science courses. Sounds interesting. Sound is interesting. Using teaching techniques beyond lecture, such as pair discussions and reflective writing, has been shown to boost student learning, but it is unknown what proportion of STEM faculty use these active-learning pedagogies.…
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31 Jan ’19 0