20 Aug 2013

Improving student accountability

Edssential article from @TeachingTricks : In the classroom we all are aware that we can do as much as possible for our charges, but it is not always easy to get them to take some responsibility for the final outcome for themselves. I have created a few simple, yet effective tools...
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19 Aug 2013

Getting the quiet students involved

Edssential article from @debrichmond : We are all familiar with the student who never speaks up in class. They are painfully quiet. They are the student whose name we learn last at the start of the academic year, but perhaps they will turn out to be the one student we worry about...
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19 Aug 2013

Childness; Or why I read children’s books

Edssential article from @chrishildrew : I was fascinated to read the report in the Guardian on the research project conducted by Jo Bowers and Dr Susan Davis into the benefits of children’s literature. Focused on their primary PGCE cohort at Cardiff Metropolitan University, they...
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18 Aug 2013

Building Beautiful Cathedrals – What becomes of the children we teach?

Edssential article from @msfindlater : This evening something wonderful happened. Myself, teenage sister-in-law and husband mooched our way down to the local cinema.  We pick up some unhealthy food stuffs before going in to see the film, as is tradition, and get in line for our...
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18 Aug 2013

Developing CPD as a Whole School (Growth) State of Mind

Edssential article from @deadshelley : In September, I will take up a new post as Assistant Headteacher at my current school. Amongst other things, I will have responsibility for developing aspects of school life which will impact directly on the culture of learning in the whole...
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16 Aug 2013

Advice to new senior leaders

Edssential article from @LeadingLearner : #SLTChat is providing a whole raft of great issues to blog on and I’ve picked up another one this weekend proposed by @ChrisHildrew.  He posed the question, “What single piece of advice would you offer to someone taking up a senior...
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16 Aug 2013

Homework Excuse Notes

Edssential article from @miss_mcinerney : One of the problems of my first year in teaching was getting students to do homework. More specifically, I struggled keeping tabs on students who didn’t do the homework, which meant I didn’t give consequences for failing to turn it in,...
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09 Aug 2013

Using a ‘Taxonomy of Errors’ to Enhance Student Responses

Edssential article from @CanonsOPP : I am writing this post to outline and to describe a technique I learnt some years ago from a long-forgotten colleague that has had a very positive impact on my teaching and the learning of my students:  the Taxonomy of Errors.  As well as...
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09 Aug 2013

A question of planning and waiting

Edssential article from @yogspiers : If a football manager gives an incredible speech at half-time and his team still go on to lose was the speech a waste of time? Was the speech not really very good?   I pose these questions as I have been pondering one of the key findings from...
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09 Aug 2013

Lesson study and how it can work for you

Edssential article from @murphiegirl : A few years ago I came across the methodology known as Lesson Study. It’s been used with great success in the US and Japan in the last 10-15 years and it involves a different type of observation. You can read more about it here in its...
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