Leaders don’t matter until they do what matters. I really liked this quote, though I felt it needed an answer. So I tweeted ‘what matters to staff.’ I admit there were only a few responses but dealing with behaviour and a positive outlook are there. Another quote that caught my thinking was, Unless you have a clear idea of the difference you want technology to make, it probably .... Read more and bookmark.
It’s called reading. It’s how people install software into their brains. So last week I asked Twitter what the key skills of reading were? DECODING – identifying written words to decipher a text. VOCABULARY – Geoff Barton continues to inspire me, his leadership and emphasis on the importance of whole-school literacy, not just reading, has had a marked impact on my own .... Read more and bookmark.
On the topic of analysis. David Didau has been discussing the processes for teaching analysis skills. If your students have not been PEE, PEED, to within an inch of their literacy lives, maybe they have been TEPE’d to death? Maybe it is worth considering led on the idea of zooming in and out. By the time Y10 (projected E-C) reached me last January, every ounce of emotion had been .... Read more and bookmark.
noun plural noun: plenaries The summing up task used by teachers to find out what the students actually learnt, typically undertaken at the end of a three part lesson, but sometimes employed mid way through the lesson. If I am honest, and rather embarrassed, the above definition is pretty much what I thought ‘plenaries’ meant. noun plural noun: plenaries a meeting .... Read more and bookmark.
I have covered the basics of transition matrices before though I raise it again because to make valid assertions as to school and Department performance comparisons, we must take into account the ability profile in each subject in our schools – (it is the same premise that is driving our personalised student estimates and curriculum estimates). What is more, the updated, consolidated ASCL .... Read more and bookmark.
Having recently shared a teaching guide of good practice with our staff, I doubt there is anyone that would challenge the need to vary your teaching position, to “room zoom” or circulate at appropriate times. Simple to move out from the stage and into the audience. ‘Sages’ and ‘guides’ and all that. Circulate – Moving strategically around the room during .... Read more and bookmark.