15 Jun 2013

Building Challenge: Differentiation that’s quick and works

Edssential article from @learningspy : Since having a good long think about differentiation some while back it doesn’t keep me up at nights nearly as much as it used to. But this is still one of my most visited posts so clearly other folks continue to be troubled. I want to set...
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15 Jun 2013

Great Lessons 4: Differentiation

Edssential article from @headguruteacher : The aim of this series of posts is to focus on the habits of excellent practice; our default mode.  As I have said elsewhere, every class is a mixed ability class so, regardless of our views on selection or setting, all teachers need to...
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15 Jun 2013

Why Coaching Works

Edssential article from @shaun_allison : In 2009, I was fortunate enough to have a book published – The Coaching Toolkit (my mum was very proud, but I was quite embarassed with the cover, which is a bit of a shocker!)  At the time I had been doing a great deal of work with my...
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15 Jun 2013

Research and Blind Hope

Edssential article from @debrakidd : It is a fact of human nature that we are driven by a desire to classify and clarify meaning. And paradoxically, when we find that things are just too complex to easily classify, we feel somehow cheated and irritated. So it is with the clamour...
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15 Jun 2013

Even Better If we specifically focused on What Went Well

Edssential article from @fullonlearning: Over the past few months, I have been fortunate enough to work in a wide variety of contexts around the country with fabulously open and highly reflective practitioners. Of late, I have been involved in engaging and often very challenging...
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15 Jun 2013

Ofsted 2012: Questioning to promote learning

Edssential article from @FG2O : Have you ever noticed that often, when someone is being interviewed, they say “That’s a good question.”? It’s usually when it’s a question they can’t answer quickly and easily. Indeed, “good” questions are ones that generally need thinking about....
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11 Jun 2013

Research summary – Assessment for Learning

Edssential article from @dylanwiliam : What is it? ‘Formative assessment describes all those processes by which teachers and learners use information about student’s achievement to improve their achievements. So it’s about using information to adapt your teaching, to adapt...
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11 Jun 2013

The big 4

Edssential article from @shaun_allison : At a recent Learning Development Group session during an INSET day, a group of DHS teachers looked  at 4 key aspects of outstanding teaching: Questioning Feedback Independence Challenge For each one we considered the important principles...
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11 Jun 2013

A Vision for Education in 2040 – Part 1

Edssential article from @kevbartle : This week I was one of a number of school leaders who met as part of the SSAT’s Vision 2040 group under the stewardship of Tom Sherrington, the @headguruteacher. The first question Tom put to the group was what we thought teachers and school...
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11 Jun 2013

Learning objectives and why we need ’em

Edssential article from @learningspy : Over the past week I’ve gotten myself snarled up in a number of increasingly heated debates about the efficacy of the humble learning objective. The view of many seems to be that they get in the way of students’ learning and are some sort of...
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