Author Archives: bigkid4

Dialogue during observations-What new torture is this?

Originally posted on mylifeasacynicalteacher:
I have read a couple of blogposts about observers offering feedback or intervening in lessons during the lesson being observed. After I had ranted at my partner about what an awful idea this is and how…

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My response to “In order to challenge an idea you must have a better one (or make a positive case for maintaining the status quo)” (This is part comment, part rant)

Originally posted on mylifeasacynicalteacher:
I started reading this post http://headguruteacher.com/2015/02/08/launching-the-college-of-teaching-vision-vs-inertia/ and by halfway through the first paragraph I was cringing. It wasn’t that I disagree with everything he wrote in the piece (although I do disagree with some of it). Now…

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Differentiation

Originally posted on mylifeasacynicalteacher:
After reading Harry Webb’s (@websofsubstance) latest blog on differentiation ( https://websofsubstance.wordpress.com/2015/01/25/seriously-differentiation-really-doesnt-work/ ) I thought about differentiation for a while. You see I have struggled with differentiation for many years. I don’t mean that I find differentiating my…

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Inclusion: It means different things to different people

Originally posted on mylifeasacynicalteacher:
I’ve been teaching for quite some time now. I’d like to describe what inclusion has meant in some of the schools I have worked in. Before I do that I should start by saying what I…

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Reducing Workload

Originally posted on mylifeasacynicalteacher:
Before I start I should say that this is not a rant about SLT. I have worked with some excellent Senior Leadership Teams who have been very aware of and considerate of their staff’s work/life balance. However…

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The Fallout from OFSTED

Originally posted on mylifeasacynicalteacher:
We were recently inspected. I did not blog about it before now because I was annoyed and I wanted to wait until some time had passed in which I could think and calm down. What OFSTED…

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Are set classes mixed ability?

Originally posted on mylifeasacynicalteacher:
When talking about setting, mixed ability and which is more desirable I often hear people say “I’ve never taught a set class that wasn’t mixed ability” (or words to that effect). I was thinking about whether…

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Performance Management

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So why is it difficult to get performance management right? You have to consider what you are measuring and what that will motivate staff to do in the worst case scenario. If the focus is all…

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Performance related pay

Originally posted on mylifeasacynicalteacher:
These days schools and governing bodies can anticipate being asked about how performance relates to pay by OFSTED. When I was a member of the governing body and the finance committee of my school we prepared…

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Can (free) schools avoid nonsense 4 (Behavior)?

Originally posted on mylifeasacynicalteacher:
Before writing about behavior it’s important to be clear about what is meant by good and poor behavior. I intend to write about behavior in a general sense and behavior for learning separately. What these things…

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