27 Feb 2014

How ‘Why Don’t Students Like School?’ might help me teach

Edssential article from @Mr_Bunker_Edu : I feel a little late to the party having only just finished reading Daniel T Willingham’s Why Don’t Students Like School.  The book was released in 2009, and every new page seemed to add relevance to dozens of blogs I’ve read over the past...
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27 Feb 2014

Pace, challenge, engagement and differentiation: clearing up the confusion.

Edssential article from @andrewwarnerkms : Last week we had some external CPD at our school. It was quite good as far as these things go; interactive, practical and with lots of ideas for activities that were lesson ready without heavily adding to the planning/creating resources...
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27 Feb 2014

This much I know about…why we should stop intervening and focus upon improving the quality of teaching

Edssential article from @johntomsett : This is my first ever request post. I loved reading a post by @DHTJohn on the corrosive nature of examination run-in interventions. I wish I had written it. When I complimented him @LeeDonaghy and @ieshasmall asked me to write about why I...
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27 Feb 2014

Frankenstein’s Essay

Edssential article from @Xris32 : The more I teach English, the more I am faced with difficult questions. What coloured post-its should I use in this lesson? Should I use the whiteboard this lesson? Or, should I use the interactive whiteboard? There are these questions, and then...
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14 Feb 2014

Questioning

Edssential article from @carlnewman9526 : Alex Quigley, subject Leader of English & Assistant Head at Huntington Secondary School, rightly calls questioning the ‘bread and butter of great teaching’ something I have forgotten at times over the years, sometime when I have...
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13 Feb 2014

This much I know about…teaching students how to plan stonkingly good essays!

Edssential article from @johntomsett : I have been a teacher for 25 years, a Headteacher for 10 years and, at the age of 49, this much I know about teaching students how to plan stonkingly good essays! The art of essay planning is difficult to learn. Too many students get to A...
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