11 Jun 2013

The Beaufort Wind Scale – why we need an observation revolution

Edssential article from @tombennett71 : Before technology bled the last drop of romance from navigation, sailors used the Beaufort Wind Force Scale to measure wind speed. Without instruments to accurately measure conditions, mariners resorted to subjective value judgements...
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11 Jun 2013

“Choice of three” – Simple notes from a video

Edssential article from @DKMead : This strategy is best used with a focused video clip, although I’m sure a “tight” teacher  input will work too. Obviously, it takes place at the start of a lesson and should only take around 10 minutes to complete. Th...
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11 Jun 2013

Why is it that students seem to understand, but then never remember?

Edssential article from @Kris_Boulton: Why do we keep forgetting so much of what we learn? There seems to be fervour in education around ‘understanding’, deep understanding, ‘relational’ understanding.  ‘Understanding’ has become a much loved buzz word.  There’s nothing wrong...
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09 Jun 2013

Teaching to peer and self review

Edssential article from @lisajaneashes : I get it! Peer assessment saves us having to mark their books. It’s far easier to give KS3 kids red pens and say: “in your neatest possible handwriting kids, write what went well.” If you’re lucky, management won’t even notice it wasn’t...
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09 Jun 2013

Keeping the main thing the main thing

Edssential article from @johntomsett : Can we really structure our school so that increasing the impact of teaching on students’ learning is at its very heart? I don’t know, but over the next three years we’re going to have a bloody good try! John Hattie’s comments at the London...
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09 Jun 2013

Planning lessons – Lessons I’ve learned from lessons I’ve taught

Edssential article from @learningspy : This is a summary and a drawing together of several earlier posts. I consider it a refinement of my thinking and something which is painstakingly (and grandiosely) groping its way towards a total philosophy of planning. It does also attempt...
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08 Jun 2013

Is there a right way to teach?

Edssential article from @learningspy : It’s become a trite and hackneyed truism that if they’re not learning you’re just talking. We’re all clear that teaching only happens when the little tinkers manage to make some sort of progress – preferably that of the rapid and sustained...
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07 Jun 2013

Dear Mentor

Edssential article from @redorgreenpan : It can be easy to gloss over the fact that first year Teach Firsters are mere PGCE students – particularly after Autumn term when our greenness has worn off a bit. The fact is, though, we’re still very inexperienced and need a lot of...
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07 Jun 2013

Starting to think again about AfL

Edssential article from @eaglestone : David Didau dangles a little nugget on Assessment for Learning in his post on Teacher Talk where he says, “I’m even beginning to doubt the primacy of AfL!” AfL has been gnawing away at the back of my mind too. I think it has become a victim...
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07 Jun 2013

What kind of leaders do you want?

Edssential article from @Head_stmarys : Quite some time ago I read a leadership book containing a letter from an army commander to some of his leaders.  The content of the letter has always stayed with me, it went something like this:  “Gentlemen, you live in the greatest...
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