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Teaching better. My pedagogical to-do list

I’ve been a teacher for 27 years and two terms and this much I know….. What do you mean that’s been done?!  27 years though! Scary number. I’m on a path to being a life-long teacher, never having had any other kind of job. Obviously it’s a bit different being a Headteacher but I’ve always … Continue reading

HGS CPD. Festival of Learning Part 2: The Ideas Marketplace

This post follows directly from Festival of Learning Part 1. The Teachmeet.  The second part of our CPD day was based on a model that we developed when I was at KEGS – reported in this post.  The marketplace model was always going to be one of the ideas I imported.  The basic instruction to … Continue reading

HGS CPD. Festival of Learning Part 1: The TeachMeet

We had an absolutely wonderful INSET Day this week; the kind that leaves everyone buzzing with ideas and the exhilaration of multiple conversations about something they care about.  We’d given it a title: The Festival of Learning.  We wanted to celebrate the work that everyone has been doing throughout the year, seeking to improve teaching and learning in … Continue reading

Assignments: Assessment and Achievement. Is this the answer?

This week I pitched the idea of Assignments to the staff at Highbury Grove during a CPD session.  I’ve had positive feedback from several curriculum areas so far and I’m optimistic that this is an idea that, after an evolutionary process over the next year or so, will help us to tackle lots of issues. … Continue reading

90 Lessons: What we do well at HGS.

  This post is based on a document I produced and circulated to the staff at Highbury Grove called 90 Lessons: A review of teaching and learning.  It is an account of my observations of 90 teachers at my school between October 2014 and March 2015.  Each observation was one full 50-minute lesson, followed soon after by … Continue reading

Sutton-Gates Summit Part 2: My Washington take-aways

The Sutton Gates summit has been excellent. After three days in Washington I’ve got a wealth of material and I’ve had the luxury of some flying time to think about the key ideas I’m taking home. An overarching take-away is the sense that engaging in professional dialogue with people from around the world is a massive … Continue reading

10 Silver Arrows: Ideas to penetrate the armour of ingrained practice

Silver Arrows? It’s very hard to change your practice.  We’re all so busy, very often it is difficult to create space to fully explore a set of ideas and to deliberately adapt our teaching routines to absorb something new.  At the same time, we’re often bombarded with initiatives and issues to address.  It can be … Continue reading

Authentic Assessment and Progress. Keeping it Real.

This post is based on the ideas that I outlined during my workshop at #TLT14 in Southampton.  It forms part of the process of rethinking assessment at KS3 now that levels have gone.  This is a live discussion at my school and is very much a work in progress. A good starting point is to … Continue reading

Improving the basics: Inspired by Austin

Here’s a very short post to report on some fabulous work my Year 8s did this week.   I marked their first few pieces of work and then devoted a double lesson this week to redrafting: a slice of Directed Improvement and Reflection Time. We started the lesson by watching the Ron Berger Austin’s Butterfly video: … Continue reading

My Teaching To-Do List.

These are the things I’m thinking about planning lessons with my new Year 8 science class. I realise that this is a bit of ‘sucking eggs’ so please forgive me for stating the obvious if that’s how this reads. My experience is that it’s worth re-stating basic principles over and over again. To myself. 1. … Continue reading

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