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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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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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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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

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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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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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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05 May 2014

Dealing with Day-to-day Differentiation

Edssential article from @headguruteacher : This week I ran a session on differentiation with our NQTs. I felt it was a good, open session where we could all share some ideas and describe the challenges that we face in meeting the learning needs of all of our students.   The fact...
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27 Feb 2014

Pace, challenge, engagement and differentiation: clearing up the confusion.

Edssential article from @andrewwarnerkms : Last week we had some external CPD at our school. It was quite good as far as these things go; interactive, practical and with lots of ideas for activities that were lesson ready without heavily adding to the planning/creating resources...
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