26 Jun 2015

Deconstructing My Own Bad Ideas

Edssential article from @kennypieper : So, yes, I get it, that writing a blog is supposed to be about reflection and learning and thinking through your mistakes. Why is it, then, when I read over the four years of posts I’ve somehow managed to collate, that I’ve come to the...
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26 Jun 2015

Adventures in my classroom – displays

Edssential article from @CristaHazell: A few days ago I was overjoyed to see that @flashsticks had tweeted a very old castle, it was an image from the grammar pages of a very ancient tricolore book from my teenage years. I loved this image and I still love it now, I had it...
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01 Apr 2015

EduBook Club – Second Meeting

Edssential article from @shaun_allison : Today saw the second EduBook club meeting at DHS, led by Andy Tharby.  All classroom based staff were bought a book in September, from the selection above.  They then meet to discuss the book they have chosen, during INSET days.  An...
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26 Feb 2015

Why? Why? Why?

Edssential article from @MissDCox : On an education forum I frequent, teachers regularly complain about their school marking policy that demands them to mark student books, say every 2 lessons and how impossible it is to manage the workload. The remaining thread is people sharing...
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27 Jan 2015

Reading aloud — Reading All the Books

Edssential article from @readingthebooks: I was not a confident reader in school. Fortunate enough to begin school knowing how to read, my abilities stalled mid-way through, and I couldn’t seem to move beyond the very simplest texts. I did not read much, with the exception of...
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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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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

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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