A weekly update is proving demanding. Because teaching is demanding (and equally rewarding.) This week I planned, taught, read around the authors of the text I teaching, compiled Youtube Playlists, attended a school Research Group forum on Retrieval Practice (in recognition of the kind support of the Session Lead and partly because I am interested in the topic of retrieval practice*). Thank .... Read more and bookmark.
This weeks trefoil reflects the time I have invested in Anki (spaced retrieval learning) app, explores one view of my teaching that is being consolidated and an interesting approach to exam preparation, similar to, but different from a Walking-Talking mock. My recent experiences of teaching full-time have pushed me further along the line that ‘substantive knowledge’ empowers .... Read more and bookmark.
Teaching is messy and learning so difficult to pinpoint, that teaching has to be responsive is my humble conclusion. Securing and holding (a nod to desirable difficulties and cognitive load) students attention, essential. From there on in, the list of potential variables that may / or may not influence a student learning quite probably inexorable. And so the phrase “best bets” .... Read more and bookmark.
Your future hasn’t been written yet. No one’s has. Your future is whatever you make it. So make it a good one. – Doc Brown Back from Dubai and back in the classroom at a medium sized, growing, multicultural city school, with “strong and determined leadership.” I am teaching Key Stage 3 English… again. For approximately half the students, English is not their first .... Read more and bookmark.
Lack of trust makes simple work slow and easy work difficult. Joel Peterson The development of trust with organisations is an area of professional interest preoccupation. From the scientific explanation of Oxytocin, to the practical advice of Dr Paul Browning, to leading at the speed of trust and to consequences of mistrust. How we create climate (the shared perceptions of those within a .... Read more and bookmark.
I continue to seek the strongest evidence and arguments for schools to first be curious about coaching, and then invest in coaching. If my thinking was to be distilled, it is comes down to this: To go fast, go alone. To go far together. That is my – why? I just need a bigger why – to underwrite that commitment from schools. Then the what and the how can follow. The recent ten .... Read more and bookmark.