21 Jan 2015

15 TOP TIPS FOR 2015

Edssential article from @CristaHazell: 1. Be deadline ready. Know what you’re meant to be doing for when. 2. Be equipped. Know your students, make sure you know how they are doing not just academically. Christmas is lovely for lots of us but not for all of our students. 3. Have...
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21 Jan 2015

The nonsense of the grade descriptors

Edssential article from @chrishildrew: This week I have finalised our new Assessment, Marking and Feedback policy and submitted the draft to the Governors for review. This policy was a complete rewrite, incorporating and committing to our latest thinking on assessment without...
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16 Dec 2014

Can I improve my students’ memory?

Edssential article from @ManYanaEd : Treading of dangerous waters, here. But the following is a distillation of what I have read and hopefully understood about memory. At some point your children will take exams and the more they can remember, facts and processes – know...
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16 Dec 2014

Sutton Trust Report 2014 coverage.

Edssential article from @mrocallaghanedu: This post aims to collate news coverage and blog posts about the recently published Sutton trust report into what makes great teaching. Sutton Trust report PDF Summary of Sutton Trust report Professor Coe’s presentation – What makes great...
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16 Dec 2014

#TLT14: Another amazing day in Southampton

Edssential article from @TeacherTweaks : It was about this time last year, still buzzing after the first ever Teaching and Learning Takeover (#TLT13) that we found ourselves asking whether Jen and David would really be prepared to go through it all again. It is a massive...
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16 Dec 2014

Teacher workload: Can it be sustained?

Edssential article from @GoldFishBowlMM : Like many teachers, I filled in the DfE workload survey. I tried thinking about the external demands that increase teacher workloads but I quickly realised that most of the decisions around what teachers are expected to do comes from...
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16 Dec 2014

Making errors and spotting where the plain socks are located

Edssential article from @Xris32: Making mistakes is just a part of life. I have made mistakes and I still do make them. I put my hands up. Once, in my youth, I bought a yellow canary coloured shirt once. My ‘friends’ ridiculed me constantly the one time I unveiled the shirt as...
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03 Dec 2014

Purchasing Louisiana, or at least letting teachers choose their CPD

Edssential article from @HFletcherWood : In 1803, James Monroe was dispatched to gain access to a port in Louisiana for the United States.  Sent to France as an Extraordinary Envoy, he instead purchased the whole of Louisiana for $15 million (twice the federal budget that year),...
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03 Dec 2014

Revision: Advice for parents

Edssential article from @StuartLock: We’ve recently rewritten our (42 page) booklet giving advice to parents on how best to support their children in advance of examinations. This booklet use to contain advice on post-it notes, making up songs, sticking posters to the ceiling...
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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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