Category: #Success

BELONG - RESPECT - ASPIRE - ACHIEVE

Thinking about themes

Making the abstract, concrete with a thinking routine. Since teaching A Christmas Carol, I have been thinking about how to teach themes and share / track the evolution of themes within a text. How to make a relatively abstract concept,the interplay and undulation of themes, more concrete (at least accessible). Having previously presented or charted…
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9 Feb ’20 0

Icomunication

This is half a post really. I am just thinking through, “the thinking” behind two learning / revision tasks. It is a two step process – bare with me. I think you will find it is worth it. I think it is worth it. From my experience, students many of us love solving problems and…
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7 Feb ’20 2

Parents are partners – The importance of sleep

Being a parent of a Secondary student for the first time this term, has been an insightful experience for me as a teacher. Like many parents we are experiencing new parenting duties, sometimes less responsibility, sometimes more, conundrums and dilemmas. Do we intervene? Do we let him learn the hard way? With the four most…
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26 Oct ’19 0

Sunday trefoil 13.10.19

I am sticking to my Sunday trefoil. Three learning, reflective moments from the past week worth sharing. This week, monstrous world records, school improvement top ten and #BrewEd signpost. There is an assembly in there somewhere. Self-discipline for sure. Eliud Kipchoge broke the two-hour marathon mark by 20 seconds this weekend! Okay, not officially, but…
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13 Oct ’19 0

A pound of performance

In for a penny, in for a pound, here is an opportunity for learners to think, innovative, be creative, collaborate, or not, present and exhibit, and tell a story. Let me present the concept and let’s see where we can take it. With no small attribution to Sir Ken Robinson’s 2006 Ted Talk – Schools…
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31 Mar ’19 0

Drive to the finish line

GCSE exams typically begin around the second week in May 2019. Whatever your standpoint on booster sessions or Easter revision programmes, do whatever “little extra” it is that you do. Me, I find interesting stories and I write assembly. Shortly after I joined The Wellington Academy in January 2013, I was asked told to lead…
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27 Mar ’19 0