28 Nov 2013

Defining the Butterfly: Knowing the Standards to Set the Standards

Edssential article from @headguruteacher : In preparing to deliver some CPD inputs recently, at my own school and another in Essex, I’ve been thinking about the problem of providing the appropriate level of challenge for all learners in the work we set and in the work we accept. ...
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28 Nov 2013

What to aim for as SLT

Edssential article from @hibs1974 : What a good SLT should try to aim for….. After many months of deliberation, I have finally decided to have a go at blogging. To start with, I’m going to have a go at trying to add to the debate that has been going around Twitter recently about...
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28 Nov 2013

Marking bookmarks – Ways to boost marking within schools

Edssential article from @Simon_Warburton : This post summarises my journey so far in creating a higher degree of consistency in the marking of students work.  It is a process that has gained pace through the support of colleagues on Twitter and, thanks to the incredibly prolific...
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28 Nov 2013

What are critiques for?

Edssential article from @DKMead : Besides improving the quality of student work,being  an opportunity to check (real) progress, reflect upon next steps, and being an opportunity to teach critical ideas to an  audience of engaged students. What is the point of these time consuming...
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17 Nov 2013

Lesson observation: the shocking mediation of Ofsted criteria

Edssential article from @LearningSpy : There’s a lot said and written about what Ofsted do and don’t want to see in lessons, and it turns out a lot of it is nonsense. Fortunately though we have Michael Wilshaw, the chief inspector, saying all kinds of sensible things: Ofsted...
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17 Nov 2013

Gifted and talented at reading loads of books

Edssential article from @Xris32 : I am asking the common question again: What can I do to push students? Like a pinball machine, a teacher’s head has lots of things and questions wheezing around in it and sometimes it hits something interesting and score points; other times the...
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17 Nov 2013

HOW CAN WE CREATE ‘AN ETHIC OF EXCELLENCE’ IN OUR SCHOOLS?

Edssential article from @HFletcherWood : “For twenty-five years I’ve led a double life.  I’m a full-time classroom teacher in a public school.  In order to make ends meet for my family, I’ve worked during the summers, vacations, and sometimes weekends, as a carpenter.  In...
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10 Nov 2013

It’s the behaviour, stupid! Turning a tough school into a good school

Edssential article from @StuartLock : This post is about “what we did”. I’ve written about behaviour a few times before,most recently after seeing Tom Bennett speak at the Festival of Education at Wellington. Over the last year I’ve become increasingly proud of the school I work...
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10 Nov 2013

A Car Crash Conversation

Edssential article from @Gwenelope : SLT has taken a bit of a bashing on Twitter of late, some of it, in some circumstances deserved, some less so.  Within my own school I have a good relationship with most members of our SLT team, mainly because; despite some of the decisions...
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10 Nov 2013

Developing a strong learning culture in the face of adversity

Edssential article from @TeacherTweaks : Last year, I blogged about trying to develop a stronger learning culture at my new school. Generally, teachers were keen to develop their practice but – and it’s a big but (no pun intended!) – teaching and learning conversations were all...
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