27 Aug 2014

GCSE Outcomes and Transition Matrices: A data tool every teacher can use

Edssential article from @headguruteacher : As most people recognise, when evaluating the degree of success in a set of GCSE outcomes we need some sense of the baseline before we start making like-for-like comparisons.   At the risk of stating the obvious, how well we’ve done all...
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26 Aug 2014

Embracing expansive approaches to the use of lesson observation

Edssential article from @drmattoleary: In last summer’s issue of CPD Matters I discussed the topic of graded lesson observations in further education and argued that the continued emphasis on measuring teacher competence and performance via the Ofsted 4-point scale had not only...
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26 Aug 2014

10 top tips for teachers heading into school senior leadership teams

Edssential article from @jillberry102 : Be aware that you may now have different priorities You won’t have the same responsibilities as classroom teachers with full teaching timetables, but don’t forget what it feels like to be in their shoes. It’s important to help them to do...
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25 Aug 2014

Great teacher talk

Edssential article from @turnfordblog : The ‘war’ on Teacher Talk Time was one of the more depressing developments in my teaching career. Obviously secondary students will rapidly get bored if they are subjected to lectures – no one is advocating that teachers should drone on and...
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25 Aug 2014

Back to School Part 4: Planning

Edssential article from @learningspy : This series of #backtoschool blogs summarises much of my thinking as it’s developed over the past few years and is aimed at new or recently qualified teachers. Each area has been distilled to 5 ‘top tips’ which I hope prove useful to anyone...
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24 Aug 2014

Learning happens in the silence or the Power of Wait Time

Edssential article from @mssackstein: The complex and uncomfortable moments between sounds. It’s the time we make the wrong assumption that nothing is happening. In my earlier career, silence was my kryptonite. Something inside me stirred and rumbled and rather than let it stir...
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24 Aug 2014

How We Learn: The Science

Edssential article from @leadinglearner: The summer always provides a welcome break and a some time for reading.  Apart from a bit of light reading I’ve enjoyed Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard by Dan & Chip Heath, Leverage Leadership by Paul Bambrick-Santoyo...
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24 Aug 2014

Contemporary educational ideas all my staff should know about

Edssential article from @headguruteacher: As I look ahead to starting my new job at Highbury Grove,  I’m thinking about all the conversations we are going to have about learning.  To a large degree I want my teachers to be as up-to-date as possible within their own subject...
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23 Aug 2014

Marking for England or Marking for Effect: a feedback journey.

Edssential article from @andrewwarnerkms: Some years ago the school I worked in had no real accountability measures or explicit expectations about how teachers marked their books. Consequently, many never did, and the vast majority of the others (including myself) did it...
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23 Aug 2014

Getting Great

Edssential article from @shaun_allison: Teaching is a creative profession, and at DHS we want our teachers to be innovative and excited about what they do – not stifled by an overly prescriptive approach to teaching.  We want teachers to takes risks and try new things out, by...
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