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Knowledge and skills: Explicit; sequenced and, ultimately, interwoven.

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Originally posted on teacherhead:
It has been fascinating engaging in the debate around knowledge and skills over the last few years; I’ve made various attempts to make sense of it.  Here are some related posts: Some knowledge-skills interplay The progressive-traditional…

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Six Months In

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Originally posted on Cheng Reaction:
Six months ago, I started working at Michaela. As a Wembley native, growing up just around the corner and attending a local state school, it has been an experience and a pleasure to teach pupils…

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Structured revision lessons using retrieval, spacing & interleaving

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Originally posted on missdcoxblog:
The problem with many revision classes is that many teachers think that students can suddenly self organise and self motivate. This is rarely the case. Last year I trialled a revision lesson structure and blogged on…

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Old-School French

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Originally posted on An Timire:
At a second-hand booksale recently I bought a gem for 50 cent: ‘Model French Essays’ by Mary Barry. A booklet of 41 pages, it’s aimed at beginner secondary students and consists of 40 ‘essays’ or short passages…

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Rows vs Groups? Have your cake and eat it with creative planning.

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Originally posted on Global Lessons on Learning:
Reading time: 9 minutes. It was my third year of teaching and I remember struggling to get my year 4 class to focus consistently. There wasn’t any particular bad behaviour, only low-level disruption…

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Reflections on Michaela School

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Originally posted on dhgenglishreflect:
My long awaited visit to Michaela on Friday was timely. It came at a time in my career when I am applying for Assistant Head jobs, considering exactly what I stand for and what I believe matters in…

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Can everything and anything be justified to be used in the classroom?

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Originally posted on missdcoxblog:
“… everything works somewhere and nothing works everywhere…” http://www.dylanwiliam.org/Dylan_Wiliams_website/Papers_files/Cambridge%20AfL%20keynote.doc I have seen people on social media and in real life criticising the use of specific resources & ways of teaching. I’ve done it myself. However, whilst…

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