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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 … 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

Contemporary educational ideas all my staff should know about

  As I look ahead to starting my new job at Highbury Grove,  I’m thinking about all the conversations we are going to have about learning.  To a large degree I want my teachers to be as up-to-date as possible within their own subject domains. They should know the latest OfSTED position ( eg with … Continue reading

KEGS Research-as-CPD Marketplace 2014.

Every teacher at KEGS is involved in a teaching and learning group called a ‘workshop’. We meet several times across the year to explore a particular aspect of pedagogy.  Teachers select who to work with and what to work on.  In May each year we have a non-pupil day that we call a ‘Leading Edge’ … Continue reading

Scale: CPD, research, and getting the basics right.

In our quest for a deeper understanding of our work as educators, across all the debates, conferences and blogs,  I sometimes think that we lose perspective on the relative scale of different aspects of raising achievement in schools. There are hundreds of variables and we’re rarely able to make like-for-like comparisons  that  help to identify the relative … Continue reading

Pedagogy Postcard #20: The abstract-concrete connection

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. There’s a tipping point in many subject areas when the learning moves beyond the territory of tangible ideas, objects and … Continue reading

Pedagogy Postcard #19: Pitching It Up

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. I’ve written elsewhere about the Anatomy of High Expectations and the idea of acceleration through depth not speed. Teaching to … Continue reading

Pedagogy Postcard #18: Problem Solving: Playing Detective

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. Exploring; Finding out It’s a common decision teachers have to make as to whether there is a value in setting … Continue reading

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