21 Sep 2013

Teaching for A*s

Edssential article from @headguruteacher : Beyond the very general notion that we should teach as well as we possibly can, are there approaches we can use that help to secure the highest grades at GCSE? I don’t want to suggest that there are any simple tricks or quick wins or...
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21 Sep 2013

Twitter in the Classroom

Edssential article from @ICTEvangelist : Many is the blog post which highlights the ways in which Twitter is the best staffroom in the world but I’ve not seen too many that highlight the ways in which we can use Twitter in the classroom. Many teachers love to use Twitter as a...
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21 Sep 2013

From the Me to the We: Making Group-Work Work!

Edssential article from @SurrealAnarchy : In ‘The Importance of Teaching‘ Michael Gove says: “All too often, we’ve seen an over-emphasis on group work – in practice, children chatting to each other – in the belief that is a more productive way to acquire knowledge than attending...
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15 Sep 2013

Fabulous Feedback

Edssential article from @hannahtyreman : There are a number of areas of my teaching practice that I’m looking to seriously improve this year and I’ve been writing about each aspect over the last few weeks. Perhaps of the utmost importance is feedback and marking. I am now...
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15 Sep 2013

Write Down Every Last Detail In Your Planning

Edssential article from @TheModernMiss1 : I am a supply teacher. I get called in to work in schools when the regular class teacher is away. Often this is at short notice, covering for staff sickness. That is, short notice to me, as well as to the school. This short notice results...
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15 Sep 2013

The Purpose of Education: Not So Much Filling Up Empty Vessels, As Empty Chairs

Edssential article from @andyphilipday : The purpose of education is to make itself self-sustaining. To make it so valued and its exposition so crafted that each generation will yearn for more –  for themselves, for their fellow citizens. And, most vitally, for their...
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11 Sep 2013

11. How can questioning unlock learning?

Edssential article from @joe__kirby : According to Robert Marzano’s book, Classroom Instruction that Works, 80 percent of what is considered instruction involves asking questions. The TES suggests that teachers ask thousands of questions each year. Used well, questions can...
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11 Sep 2013

10 Thoughts for a Head of Department

Edssential article from Kev Lister: I’ve just finished my second year as head of department. I think they’ve been successful – we have scored school record GCSE results in both years, have raised the profile of the department immeasurably and have recently...
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11 Sep 2013

Teaching to Remember Part 2

Edssential article from @horatiospeaks : One of the most interesting, but perhaps overlooked, education researchers is Graham Nuthall. Nuthall’s findings, published in several places including the Harvard Review, proposed through a great deal of supporting evidence that students...
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