06 Jul 2014

The Tyranny of the Working Group

Edssential article from @kennypieper : I’m not sure if you would ever call it pressure but, when you start a new school, or even when you begin a new term in August, there is an expectation that you join a Working Group. That group might have a whole school responsibility; it may...
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06 Jul 2014

When will … when will .. when will I be subtle?

Edssential article from @Xris32 : An interesting thing happened to me in a lesson: something that I didn’t really expect, or even anticipate in my planning. As I am in the last slog of preparing for the exams, I have been getting students to answer past papers. Every week I have...
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06 Jul 2014

Prospero’s knowledge: magic or curse?

Edssential article from @joeybagstock : The pursuit of knowledge I have been thinking a lot about The Tempest recently. Preparing two A2 classes for their imminent exams means I have been immersed in the ideas and characters in this late Shakespeare play. At the same time I have...
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03 Jul 2014

What feedback is and isn’t

Edssential article from Grant Wiggins : The research is clear: good feedback is essential to learning at high levels. Alas, too few people understand what feedback is and isn’t. Don’t believe me? Here’s a true/false quiz: which of the following 4 statements is feedback? “Nice job...
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03 Jul 2014

The beauty of annotations

Edssential article from @joe__kirby : Like dewdrops on a dragonfly, annotations are microscopic, fragile and beautiful. I’ve come to believe that they’re the most important secret for teaching literature; a hidden treasure trove, waiting to be discovered. Here’s what I think is...
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