01 Jun 2013

What makes effective CPD?

Edssential article from @joe__kirby : Every year since 1856, Oxford and Cambridge University rowing crews have competed in the Boat Race on the Thames. Today, millions of people globally watch the race. As my housemate competed in Great Britain rowing trials, I’ve seen how the...
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01 Jun 2013

Hinge Questions

Edssential article from @DKMead: I have just Google searched the term “hinge questions” and to my horror one of my previous posts is the second on the list and the first to mention “Hinge Questions”, and to be honest it’s a bit naff. I feel I need to...
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01 Jun 2013

How effective learning hinges on good questioning

Edssential article from @learningspy : Questioning is an essential part of helping students to make progress but only if it causes thinking or elicits evidence that informs our teaching. And the thing with asking questions is that while there are some kids who know how to make...
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01 Jun 2013

Mind the gap: Building writers

Edssential article from @MissJLud : Recently, as I delved into the divisive figure John Hattie’s book Visible Learning, a thought occurred to me. In his book  Hattie says  ‘closing the gap between where students are and what success looks like is the most powerful way we can fast...
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01 Jun 2013

New challenge? Advice for getting that job

Edssential article from @headguruteacher: Very often I’m asked for advice from teachers applying for jobs, either colleagues or friends.  Each person’s context is unique to them but the messages are usually the same so I thought I would share them.  As a Headteacher, getting the...
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01 Jun 2013

This much I know about…Lesson Planning

Edssential article from @johntomsett : Ask any set of students for the five key features of a good teacher and they will give you essentially the same answer: good teachers are enthusiastic; they make lessons fun; they know their subject; they respect us as adults; they help if...
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01 Jun 2013

What OFSTED say they want

Edssential article from @oldandrewuk : A lot of teachers have been told that OFSTED will require them to stop teaching their classes and, instead, make children sit in groups knitting their own yoghurts, pausing only to be lectured on the minutiae of how to distinguish a level 5c...
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01 Jun 2013

#feedforward

Edssential article from @charte : The more I think about assessment, the more fascinating  and intricate I find it. Superficially, it used to seem really straight forward; teacher tells you what to do and how to succeed, you do it and the teacher tells you how you have done....
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01 Jun 2013

AfL: Tight but loose….

Edssential article from @shaun_allison : Over the last few weeks there have been some very thought provoking posts on AfL on various teacher blogs. Two in partcilular resonated most with me – firstly, this one from Joe Kirby and then this from Tom Boulter.  Both focus on cutting...
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01 Jun 2013

Make your ‘Marking policy’ a ‘Feedback policy’

Edssential article from @HuntingEnglish : Marking workload getting on top of you? Many schools, and departments, have been reflecting about their marking policies ever since OFSTED declared more than a healthy interest in scrutinising books. Progress over time has rightly been...
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