01 Apr 2015

Differentiation: Just because it can’t be seen, doesn’t mean it’s not there.

Edssential article from @andyphilipday : I was asked to lead a morning session on Differentiation to a group of professionals on their training day this January. Not the usual symposium of teachers – but 30plus Instructors of engineering apprentices. I wasn’t sure what I could...
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31 Mar 2015

Developing the art of the sentence

Edssential article from @GoldfishBowlMM : If you have read Teach Like a Champion 2.0, you’ll be familiar with ‘The Art of the Sentence’. The technique is described as follows: Ask students to synthesize a complex idea in a single, well-crafted sentence. The discipline of having...
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31 Mar 2015

Memory platforms

Edssential article from @atharby : A few years ago, still under the spell of the starter/main/development/plenary model of my teaching training, I began to stray. My distinctly unimpressive timekeeping meant that I would usually find myself doing the plenary of the previous...
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26 Feb 2015

Can I be that little bit better at…..understanding why I might be getting differentiation wrong

Edssential article from @davidfawcett27 : There are a few things in education that either scare me or confuse me.  One such thing is the term differentiation.  When I trained as a teacher we discussed the fact that students vary in ability in lessons.  This is common sense and...
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26 Feb 2015

Tips for a Middle Management role

Edssential article from @jillberry102 : Sometimes, the extra-curricular life of the school enables us to indulge our hobbies, and to develop new interests. Teaching is demanding, and there are pressures, but there are also rewards, and you may be exhausted, but it isn’t oft...
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26 Feb 2015

Why? Why? Why?

Edssential article from @MissDCox : On an education forum I frequent, teachers regularly complain about their school marking policy that demands them to mark student books, say every 2 lessons and how impossible it is to manage the workload. The remaining thread is people sharing...
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26 Feb 2015

Talking to myself

Edssential article from @GoldfishBowlMM : Teaching is a job where what we say matters. Our explanations, our questioning, our modelling, our interactions- they all rely on our talk being focussed and effective. We need clear explanations that bring students who know little about...
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22 Feb 2015

The Problem with Plenaries

Edssential article from @mrbunkeredu : If group work was the holy grail of my teacher training, effective plenaries were definitely the pedagogical white rabbit – the element of the lesson you always felt was achievable, but nevertheless remained elusive. Running out of time for...
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27 Jan 2015

Reading aloud — Reading All the Books

Edssential article from @readingthebooks: I was not a confident reader in school. Fortunate enough to begin school knowing how to read, my abilities stalled mid-way through, and I couldn’t seem to move beyond the very simplest texts. I did not read much, with the exception of...
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21 Jan 2015

3 Teaching Techniques That Made My 2014

Edssential article from @dmthomas90: At the start of this academic year I wanted to really put the theory of learning I knew into practice. Here are three teaching techniques I tried that I’ll be taking with me into 2015. 1. Interleave *everything* We know that interleaving...
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