31 May 2013

The myth of progress within lessons

Edssential article from @kevbartle: My heckles are risen so I need to post this and post it quick.  Let me nail my colours to the mast here and make a bold, unequivocal statement: There is no such thing as progress within lessons.  There is only learning. And let me make a...
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31 May 2013

The ‘OFSTED uncertainty principle’ and holding steady

Edssential article from @HuntingEnglish: “I learnt this little performance trick in only twenty minutes!” “Outstanding!” My school is awaiting the imminent visit of OFSTED. No matter how sensible everyone wants to be regarding the matter, and I would like to think our school is...
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31 May 2013

Planning a ‘perfect’ lesson

Edssential article from @learningspy: How long does a decent lesson take to plan? Ofsted have recently made clear that they’re not interested in over complicated lesson plans noting that “excessive detail within plans causes teachers to lose sight of the central focus on pupils’...
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31 May 2013

Making revision work

Edssential article from @davidfawcett27: Over the years I have run numerous revision sessions to GCSE groups.  I have run Easter revision sessions, after-school revision sessions, online Twitter revision hours and one to one revision intervention groups.  I have taught students...
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31 May 2013

Making feedback count: Close the gap

Edssential article from @headguruteacher: Recently I have been looking again at the issue of marking. It is a hugely important source of feedback provided that we keep the volume of marking in proportion to the level of impact it can have in improving learning outcomes.  I’ve...
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31 May 2013

What can we learn from Dylan Wiliam and AFL

Edssential article from @joe__kirby: Before I started to teach, my Head of Department said, ‘if you read one thing, read ‘Inside the Black Box’. So I did. AfL seemed to revolve around getting and providing effective feedback (1999). Research that summarised 250 assessment...
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