Monthly Archives: October 2016

Checklists for students: efficiency, autonomy and excellence in the classroom

Originally posted on Improving Teaching:
Teachers are eternally prey to disappointed expectations.  Students gets ‘stuck’, and stop.  Their work lacks essential features, which have been emphasised many times.  Teachers repeat simple points, again and again.  These omissions, misunderstandings and misrememberings are frustrating and…

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Insert creative title here

Originally posted on Things Behind the Sun:
I read through the feed from Tom Barrett’s #creativitychat recently. It made for an interesting yet frustrating e-conversation. Maybe the whole concept of creativity is tough to define in practice, that is in…

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Should we cancel our Castle Competition? | Learning history

It’s Castle Competition time again.  Every year, after a unit of work on the post Norman Conquest, Year 7 are given the opportunity to enter in any number of four categories; model, painting, cake and, since last year, Minecraft. Source: … Continue reading

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Our Kids

Originally posted on Reflections on schools, teaching and education. :
OUR KIDS: THE AMERICAN DREAM IN CRISIS, BY ROBERT PUTNAM A visit to Rome’s colosseum this summer reminded me that we can be quick to judge the moral failings of other…

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A ’21st Century FE College’

This blog post is in response to a TES FE article that has been promoted widely this week -?How FE can transform the workforce of tomorrow On the face of it, the points made in the post might sound like…

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This much I know about…not publishing data targets to students and parents

Originally posted on johntomsett:
I have been a teacher for 28 years, a Headteacher for 13 years and, at the age of 52, this much I know about not publishing data targets to students and parents. One of the biggest differences…

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The Art of teacher exposition 

Originally posted on missdcoxblog:
How would you explain these to a student? http://www.storyofmathematics.com/greek_pythagoras.html Recently I’ve been considering what makes effective teaching and I think this is often overlooked as an important aspect of teaching. How a teacher describes, explains, especially…

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