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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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

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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21 Sep 2014

Mythbusting…

Edssential article from @shaun_allison : Last week I gave a talk to our new staff about teaching.  The night before, I asked the good people of twitter for their input: It caused a bit of a discussion!  So I thought I would elaborate on some of my thoughts.  Some of which have...
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21 Sep 2014

WHO’S RESPONSIBLE FOR MY STUDENTS’ FOLDERS?

Edssential article from @HFletcherWood : My students’ folders have check sheets, documenting their state and (usually) academic targets).  With Sayers’ words in mind, I invite readers to examine this one: What should I do?  The crosses, and the ‘R’s (Recheck) suggest this student...
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03 Sep 2014

Bennett’s tenets: My behaviour guides for going back to school

Edssential article from @tombennett71: It’s back to school for many teachers next week – including me – and most of us are already walking like shades through the crepuscular hinterland, the limbo that joins Summer Time to School Time. And here time, defying all mastery, speeds...
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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

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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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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