06 Jul 2014

Prospero’s knowledge: magic or curse?

Edssential article from @joeybagstock : The pursuit of knowledge I have been thinking a lot about The Tempest recently. Preparing two A2 classes for their imminent exams means I have been immersed in the ideas and characters in this late Shakespeare play. At the same time I have...
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03 Jul 2014

The beauty of annotations

Edssential article from @joe__kirby : Like dewdrops on a dragonfly, annotations are microscopic, fragile and beautiful. I’ve come to believe that they’re the most important secret for teaching literature; a hidden treasure trove, waiting to be discovered. Here’s what I think is...
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05 May 2014

Perfect Practice Makes Perfect

Edssential article from @shaun_allison : Over the weekend, I came across this video of a 3 year old American lad called Titus, doing some pretty impressive stuff with a basketball hoop: Now, many people would describe this as ‘natural talent’.  However, anyone who has readMatthew...
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23 Apr 2014

Mastering maths curriculum design

Edssential article from @MrNickHart: Recently, Bruno Reddy and Michael Tidd have written about their experiences in designing a mastery maths curriculum. It seems that there are lots of us designing overviews for year groups with the same goals in mind: long term retention of...
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22 Apr 2014

Making explanations stick

Edssential article from @shaun_allison : Last weekend a twitter conversation resulted in our teaching ‘Big 4′ evolving into 5 –Challenge, explanation, modelling, questioning & feedback.  More can be read on thishere. If I’m honest, I haven’t really given a huge amount of...
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06 Apr 2014

Modelling & Questioning

Edssential article from @shaun_allison : The 15 Minute Forum was led tonight by English teacher and Literacy Leader, Lucy Darling.  Lucy started the session by saying that when she was using modelling in her lessons, she also considered the key questions that she would need to...
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23 Mar 2014

The Essay Emporium: crowdsourcing English essay titles

Edssential article from @joe__kirby : Like a butterfly or a wild flower cupped in your hand, essay titles are small and delicate. Seen differently, though, they are a microcosm of our entire subject. Chris Curtis eloquently makes the case for the humble essay. Essays are not only...
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21 Mar 2014

Should we share learning objectives?

Edssential article from @ManYanaEd : Sharing learning objectives is a common feature of all lessons in the UK. It is one of the ubiquitous elements that most teachers think Ofsted expect and the expectation of sharing appears on most lesson observation tick sheets. As with many...
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20 Mar 2014

The Big Picture and Comprehensive Learning Objectives

Edssential article from @englishalewis : Students sometimes take a bloody long time to learn. There have been blog posts about how progress doesn’t necessarily demonstrate learning and blog posts arguing that progress isn’t linear. Sometimes students might learn loads...
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20 Mar 2014

Multiple models and the journey to freedom

Edssential article from @atharby : “ To me education is a leading out of what is already there in the pupil’s soul. To Miss Mackay it is a putting in of something that is not there, and that is not what I call education, I call it intrusion…” ― Muriel Spark, The Prime of Miss...
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