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Pedagogy Postcard #16: Learning the language of learning

A series of short posts about specific elements of teaching practice that I think are effective and make life interesting. Some are based on my own lessons and others are borrowed from lessons I’ve observed.   This post is about the need to give students the basic  vocabulary and linguistic tools to communicate about the concepts … Continue reading

Pedagogy Postcard #15: Co-construction teams: Sidekicks

A series of short posts about specific elements of teaching practice that I think are effective and make life interesting. Some are based on my own lessons and others are borrowed from lessons I’ve observed. It’s an extraordinary human phenomenon that people will step up to the plate when circumstances dictate that they are needed … Continue reading

Pedagogy Postcard #14: I teach it; you teach it back

A series of short posts about specific elements of teaching practice that I think are effective and make life interesting. Some are based on my own lessons and others are borrowed from lessons I’ve observed. This is a tried and tested method that scores well in the Hattie effect-size rankings.  It’s a process with a … Continue reading

Pedagogy Postcard #13: Open-Ended Tasks.

A series of short posts about specific elements of teaching practice that I think are effective and make life interesting. Some are based on my own lessons and others are borrowed from lessons I’ve observed. In this post I want to suggest that open-ended tasks can play an important role in creating opportunities for students … Continue reading

Pedagogy Postcard #12: Blending content with assessment

A series of short posts about specific elements of teaching practice that I think are effective and make life interesting. Some are based on my own lessons and others are borrowed from lessons I’ve observed.   The idea of teaching to the test is often referred to as a being a limiting, narrowing aspect of … Continue reading

Pedagogy Postcard #11: Online Class Forum. Edmodo et al

A series of short posts about specific elements of teaching practice that I think are effective and make life interesting. Some are based on my own lessons and others are borrowed from lessons I’ve observed.   Ever since I started using twitter I’ve kept an eye on the edtech thread, impressed and slightly overawed by the … Continue reading

Tackling Homophobia: RE GCSE – Not just a matter of conscience.

  Towards the end of last week, I experienced a minor crisis during an intense coincidence of events that raised questions about the values we promote in my school and the extent to which we have control over that.  At the heart of the issue is our desire to adopt a strong position on equality … Continue reading

Pedagogy Postcard #10: Personal Projects

A series of short posts about specific elements of teaching practice that I think are effective and make life interesting. Some are based on my own lessons and others are borrowed from lessons I’ve observed. One of the aspects of the curriculum that I love are the opportunities students have to pursue their own ideas … Continue reading

Pedagogy Postcard #9: Group Work

A series of short posts about specific elements of teaching practice that I think are effective and make life interesting. Some are based on my own lessons and others are borrowed from lessons I’ve observed. Talking about group work in teaching as a defined ‘thing’ that could be useful, useless, a waste of time or … Continue reading

Pedagogy Postcard #8: Big Picture – Small Picture:

A series of short posts about specific elements of teaching practice that I think are effective and make life interesting. Some are based on my own lessons and others are borrowed from lessons I’ve observed.  (NB, I’m a stickler for saying ‘dissect’ as in disperse, disappear and dissipate; not rhyming with bisect. That’s the true meaning.  We … Continue reading

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