31 Oct 2013

What Do I Do With the Scary Smart Ones?

Edssential article from @readingthebooks : A member of SLT I greatly admire told me recently “I don’t like labels.” I think I had forgotten you were allowed to say that in a school. We have so very many labels for our sausages (another member of SLT described the kiddies thus –...
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31 Oct 2013

Unlocking the Power of Progress

Edssential article from @MsFindlater : I was recently asked to run a session for an INSET day on ‘Progress for Outstanding Learning’.  It got me thinking about the tricky issue of how a teacher can get students making real tangible progress and also show that progress...
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13 Oct 2013

Writing for a real audience!

Edssential article from @ICT_MrP : This half term I have been working with a year 5 class on a Thursday afternoon. We have been basing our work around the theme from the Film Blackfish about Whales in captivity. In the first week back in September, after discussing the film with...
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13 Oct 2013

28 Days later – A month into being a novice senior leader

Edssential article from @davidErogers: Thursday marked my 28th day in SLT, so it seems like a good moment to look back and reflect.  It’s not about zombies at all though.  I guess this is a post about first impressions and not-fully-formed ideas and may be useful to those...
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09 Oct 2013

Marking is an act of love

Edssential article from @learningspy : Have you ever flicked back through an exercise book and seen the same repeated comments followed with soul numbing certainty by the same repeated mistakes? There are few things more crushing to the spirit of hardworking teachers than this...
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06 Oct 2013

Using cognitive science/psychology/neurology to plan learning.

Edssential article from @davidfawcett27 : In my last post I talked about how a number of factors throughout an academic year can help inform what you plan, how you plan it, and ultimately why you would plan it that way.  It took into account a lot of experience, trials, research...
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06 Oct 2013

Getting on top of homework

Edssential article from @GoldfishBowlMM: Teaching is really hard. One of the problems is that there are so many things to do and not really enough time to do everything in the way that we want. I have struggled to keep on top of all of my work and still retain anything like a...
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06 Oct 2013

DO THEY UNDERSTAND THIS WELL ENOUGH TO MOVE ON? INTRODUCING HINGE QUESTIONS

Edssential article from @HFletcherWood: What happens when you use hinge questions to check student understanding? What is a hinge question? A check for understanding at a ‘hinge-point’ in a lesson, so-called because of two inter-linked meanings: 1) It is the point where you move...
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02 Oct 2013

The 20%: Feedback

Edssential article from @mj_bromley : An essential part of Assessment for Learning is giving feedback to students, both to assess their current achievement and to indicate what their next steps should be. Feedback is also ranked as the number one intervention strategy in terms of...
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02 Oct 2013

How I cope with marking

Edssential article from @ChocoTzar : Marking kills teachers. I don’t know anyone that looks at a massive pile of books and thinks way-hey! However, right from the start of my career, when I was a very naive English NQT, I had to find a way of coping. Back then I had no say in...
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