26 Nov 2014

Questioning and feedback: Top ten strategies

Edssential article from @HuntingEnglish : As part of our whole staff training at Huntington School we have been sharing ideas and collating ‘Top Ten Strategies’. This list is the fruits of our labour: 1. Differentiated questioning. Given the time we take doing it daily, effective...
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26 Nov 2014

Ignite the Thesaurus! Synonymy in the classroom.

Edssential article from @Mr_Bunker_edu : I don’t wish to start off the blog-post by sounding too boastful. But, and I’m sure you’ll be jealous to learn this, I have a full set of thesauruses in my classroom. Yep, that’s right. While most other English classrooms along the...
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02 Nov 2014

The Big Question: raising challenge by dropping objectives.

Edssential article from @andrewwarnerkms: My new school, like many schools, has twilight sessions dedicated to staff development. Each session is led by a member of staff and focuses on an aspect of T&L. I elected to lead the group on “Stretch and Challenge”. The idea is that...
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02 Nov 2014

10 Silver Arrows: Ideas to penetrate the armour of ingrained practice

Edssential article from @headguruteacher : Silver Arrows? It’s very hard to change your practice.  We’re all so busy, very often it is difficult to create space to fully explore a set of ideas and to deliberately adapt our teaching routines to absorb something new.  At the same...
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02 Nov 2014

Marking madness – does it make learning any better?

Edssential article from @Heatherleatt: Marking seems to have become a really hot potato in recent months.  Teachers have always had to mark their pupils’ work, of course, and with that there has always been a struggle to get the balance right.  As an English teacher, I confess...
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02 Nov 2014

It’s a Myth-tery: 7 ways in which Ofsted are better than SLTs

Edssential article from @kevbartle: This is a summary of my presentation to Teaching and Learning Takeover (TLT14) this October. The organisers asked me to base my presentation on my most-read blogpost The Myth of Progress Within Lessons. This is what I came up with. I began by...
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