23 Mar 2014

The Essay Emporium: crowdsourcing English essay titles

Edssential article from @joe__kirby : Like a butterfly or a wild flower cupped in your hand, essay titles are small and delicate. Seen differently, though, they are a microcosm of our entire subject. Chris Curtis eloquently makes the case for the humble essay. Essays are not only...
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21 Mar 2014

Should we share learning objectives?

Edssential article from @ManYanaEd : Sharing learning objectives is a common feature of all lessons in the UK. It is one of the ubiquitous elements that most teachers think Ofsted expect and the expectation of sharing appears on most lesson observation tick sheets. As with many...
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21 Mar 2014

This much I know about…why we should never grade individual lessons again!

Edssential article from @johntomsett : What is the Headteacher’s single most important responsibility? If you read the first four adverts for Headships in this week’s TES online Jobs section you’d think it was to gain an Outstanding OFSTED judgement: This appointment represents a...
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21 Mar 2014

Questions about questioning: just how important is it?

Edssential article from @LearningSpy : It’s a little tiresome, but I feel I must preface this by saying that these are just my thoughts. I’m not claiming anyone is wrong (or right for that matter) just that it always pays to question anything that passes as conventional wisdom....
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20 Mar 2014

The Big Picture and Comprehensive Learning Objectives

Edssential article from @englishalewis : Students sometimes take a bloody long time to learn. There have been blog posts about how progress doesn’t necessarily demonstrate learning and blog posts arguing that progress isn’t linear. Sometimes students might learn loads...
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20 Mar 2014

Multiple models and the journey to freedom

Edssential article from @atharby : “ To me education is a leading out of what is already there in the pupil’s soul. To Miss Mackay it is a putting in of something that is not there, and that is not what I call education, I call it intrusion…” ― Muriel Spark, The Prime of Miss...
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20 Mar 2014

Writing Endings

Edssential article from @GoldfishBowlMM: Students struggle with endings for a number of reasons. For many, it’s that they run out of time, and write things like ‘NOT FINISHED! SORRY SIR!’, others have no idea how to end something and a fair few have no plan whatsoever so an...
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