07 Jun 2013

Marking is feedback is differentiation is planning

Edssential article from @kennypieper: For the #blogsync project  “A Teaching and Learning strategy intended to elicit the highest levels of student motivation in my subject” I may be opening myself up to ridicule here but, as an English teacher, I don’t think I’ve ever been as...
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06 Jun 2013

Deep reading: Literacy across the curriculum

Edssential article from @Xris32: My journey to work takes about twenty five minutes. It should be shorter, but that is down to several things on the way. First, I leave my street and wait at the junction and wait for gap to get through the traffic. Then, I carry on a road for a...
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06 Jun 2013

Raising the bar

Edssential article from @headguruteacher : From my perspective, a number of recent discussions and policy initiatives have missed the target when it comes to tackling the issue of educational under-performance in our schools. Even where I agree with the diagnosis, the prescribed...
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06 Jun 2013

Ten commandments for school leaders

Edssential article from @kevbartle : A word or two about this religious-sounding blogpost before I begin in the form of an explanation and two apologies. The explanation is that it is a Sunday morning and I’ve found myself meditating on the nature of school leadership,...
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04 Jun 2013

Why we’ve got differentiation wrong

Edssential article from @andrewwarnerkms : I hate the way that many of us teachers are encouraged to differentiate, and the way that many teachers understand the term. In contemporary education, differentiation has, for many practitioners, become synonymous with “dumbing down”....
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04 Jun 2013

Improving extended writing: The TOWER model

Edssential article from @nwatkin: Since September I have been looking at effective student behaviours with fresh eyes. This was triggered largely by my rereading of ‘Teaching for Effective Learning‘ – a collection of ideas from the Project for Enchancing Effective Learning...
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04 Jun 2013

Explanations: Top 10 teaching tips

Edssential article from @HuntingEnglish : Very recently I responded to a question about great teaching by Joe Kirby (read this excellent blog post) with the answer that explanations, questioning and feedback were the holy trinity of teaching. I have writ...
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04 Jun 2013

Questioning – Top 10 strategies

Edssential article from @HuntingEnglish : Questioning is the very cornerstone of philosophy and education, ever since Socrates ( in our Western tradition) decided to annoy pretty much everyone by critiquing and harrying people with questions – it has been central to our...
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03 Jun 2013

Engaging students with texts

Edssential article from @davidfawcett27: During my recent Cycling project (my first attempt at PBL), I really tried to consciously drive literacy through everything I did.  I’ve recently seen the benefit of stepping away from my reliance of text books and using alternative...
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03 Jun 2013

Constructing and demonstrating knowledge

Edssential article from @DKMead: The generic context of this post is derived from an understanding of what Hattie means by Direct Instruction. So please forgive the long quote from Hattie. “Direct Instruction involves seven major steps:  1. Before the lesson is prepared,...
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