Monthly Archives: November 2013

Language learning – building blocks, immersion, or both? – John Bald/language and literacy

My first experience of language immersion came at the age of thirteen, on my first trip to France via the Paris Easter School, run by Francis Holmes and his French counterpart and friend, Daniel Ane. Joining a train at Dieppe, … Continue reading

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#teacherROAR: Can Tribal Inspections be Trusted?

Did you know that Ofsted, like many other public services, has been privatised? Did you know that companies like Serco – who run prisons and who are currently being investigated for fraud – have contracts to run Ofsted inspections? So … Continue reading

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One size does not fit all

Originally posted on Ramblings of a Teacher:
Teacher Demands Less Learning With More Tests And No Differentiation Failures Held Back In Summer Schools It would make for a nonsense headline, wouldn’t it? There’s pretty widespread agreement in the education world…

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Ofsted – Enter the Domain of the Dementors…

Originally posted on KitAndrew:
I can honestly say that I have started several blogs, but time and time again I have wondered whether I am genuinely adding anything new to the debate or anything that people may benefit from, which…

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Keeping them in check: The three Cs of behaviour management.

Originally posted on Ariadne's Thread:
Friday Period 5: Bottom set Year 10.   Chair swinging, pen throwing, table chucking, saliva spitting, noise making, abuse hurling, note passing, face punching teenagers are the last thing any sane human being wants…

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Life after levels: who’ll create a mastery assessment system?

Originally posted on Joe Kirby:
Whosever redesigns their curriculum and assessment for life after levels will reap the benefits     A great many schools I know are now considering the question of what to do about assessment. ‘Is there…

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When did we forget how to deal with bad behaviour? – Tom Bennett

Reading my Twitter feed last night was sobering. I’d been doing some online coaching with a teacher who’d been badly let down by his school- a kid had thrown a textbook straight at him, hard, and his line management expected … Continue reading

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When the Timer on Your Countdown Reaches Zero « Teach Like a Champion

Love this clip we shot last week of Maggie Johnson’s 8th grade English classat Troy Prep, and for a tiny little reason. via When the Timer on Your Countdown Reaches Zero « Teach Like a Champion

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School Management Makes Teaching Impossible

Originally posted on cazzypotsblog:
“So much of what we call management consists in making it difficult for people to work.” (Peter F Drucker) If you have read any of my blogs of recent months, then it won’t come as very much…

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The Literacy Blog: My week in the round

What a week! My visit to Blackthorns Primary School in West Sussex turned out to be hugely enjoyable. I was shown round the school and into all the classes by Marianne Brand, the school’s new head teacher. Years ago, Marianne … Continue reading

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