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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06 Oct 2014

Formative Feedback, Growth Mindset and Grit–putting it together in the classroom

Edssential article from @KristenPhillip3 : The latest buzz words in education: grit, perseverance, resilience, growth mindset.  And, of course, descriptive formative feedback isn’t going away.  Try searching any of those terms in youtube or google and you will get some great...
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05 Oct 2014

Distilling the best out of words

Edssential article from @atharby: After reading Doug Lemov’s Teach Like a Champion this weekend, I got to considering two of the main strategies he advocates: ‘Right is Right’ and ‘Format Matters’. Essentially, ‘Right is Right’ is about holding out for the best answer in...
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05 Oct 2014

LESSON STUDY

Edssential article from @mj_bromley : I’ve created an infographic to accompany this article – download it for free here. At Easter, I wrote an article for Sec Ed magazine about lesson observations. The article was published in June and you can read it here. Since writing it, I’ve...
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05 Oct 2014

My 7 rules for leading when it is hard

Edssential article from @RosMcM: There has never been a time for me when it hasn’t been hard. Towards the end of my first headship, after OFSTED had been extremely complimentary about the turnaround that had taken place and had made some blush-inducing remarks about me, someone...
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22 Sep 2014

Don’t Expect Novices to Learn by Doing What Experts Do

Edssential article from @mr_chadwick : In Daniel T. Willingham’s book ‘Why Don’t Students Like School’ he devotes a whole chapter to the myth that the way to get someone to become an expert is to copy what an expert does. He makes a compelling case that...
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