31 Jul 2013

Mosquito Moments – When Leaders Stop Listening

Edssential article from @kevbartle : First of all, let me say that I think most members of senior leadership teams within schools do the job for all the right reasons. They do it because they care about students and their futures. They do it because they care about staff and...
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31 Jul 2013

Frightened People Ticking Pointless Boxes

Edssential article from @BarryNSmith79 : I earn a crust from doing inset. Yes, one of those charlatans that “teaches teachers how to teach” ‘cos he hasn’t got a clue how to hack it in the real world. Shoot me down in flames! When I “teach teachers how to teach” my aim is...
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31 Jul 2013

A Letter to my NQT Self

Edssential article from @chrishildrew: Dear Chris, It’s 1997, and you’re about to start your teaching career. In May, as you were completing your PGCE, Tony Blair led the Labour Party out of 18 years of opposition to win the General Election on a ticket of “education, education,...
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28 Jul 2013

OFSTED ‘Outstanding’…who me? Never!

Edssential article from @MsFindlater : Observations can be one of the most stressful experiences in a teachers job. As an NQT and well into the first couple of years of teaching, observations were the stuff of nightmares for me. Cold sweats and waking up in the middle of the...
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28 Jul 2013

Seven Levers of Highly Effective School Leaders

Edssential article from @joe__kirby : Highly effective school leaders prioritise what most improves school culture and teaching. How well do American books about teaching transfer across the Atlantic here in England? Before I started teaching, I read Doug Lemov’s Teach Like A...
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21 Jul 2013

7 Key Characteristics of Better Learning Feedback

Edssential article from @teachtought : Whether or not the feedback is just “there” to be grasped or offered by another person, all the examples highlight seven key characteristics of helpful feedback. Helpful feedback is – Goal-referenced Transparent Actionable User-friendly...
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21 Jul 2013

Making the best use of exam questions

Edssential article from @york_science : I have written before about Diagnostic Questions. A good diagnostic question can reveal a lot about a student’s thinking. Many of the questions we have written for the York Science Project have drawn on research evidence to provide the...
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21 Jul 2013

Applying Cognitive Psychology to Enhance Educational Practice

Edssential article from Robert Bjork : The primary goal of this research, which is funded by the James S. McDonnell foundation, is to promote learning and memory performance within educational contexts through the investigation of principles in cognitive psychology. Studies...
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21 Jul 2013

What’s the secret to assessing pupil progress every lesson?

Edssential article from @Kris_Boulton : Use exit tickets to get a snapshot of what every student took away from your lesson This is the single most powerful thing I’ve done all year, from lesson one, maintaining it consistently, and it’s impressed external observers and internal...
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21 Jul 2013

How can I mark books without burning out?

Edssential article from @joe__kirby : Imagine you have five classes of thirty students, who you teach three times a week. Marking their books is the bane of every English teacher’s life. To mark every student’s book each week, it means correcting about 300 pages a week. One...
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