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Pedagogy Postcard #17: Exemplar Essays

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.   As a physics teacher I don’t have to deal with essays directly except for A level research coursework.  But … Continue reading

Un-Masking Problems with Learning: Jacardi’s Tale and other Stories

“We did 18s at my old school.”  Jacardi Jacardi joined us after transferring from another school.  He missed our baseline test, we didn’t receive any other data but we just hoped we’d get up to speed with his needs.  He was a bit of a mystery; articulate and outwardly confident but also something of a … Continue reading

Formative use of Summative Tests: Marking #Blogsync

Ever since the idea of formative assessment was expressed by Dylan Wiliam and Paul Black in ‘Inside the Black Box’, one of the practical strategies suggested has been the formative use of summative tests.  Typically tests are regarded as something given at the end of a unit of work; often they mark the end point … Continue reading

Teaching MFL: Pedagogical approaches that work.

Modern Languages is one of the great strengths of my school.  You can read about our intensive KS3 curriculum in this issue of Learning Lessons by AST and Director of Leading Edge, Jane Breen. It describes how we give students four hours a week in one language in Year 7 and 8, leading to GCSE … Continue reading

New group? New topic? Step 1: Find out what they know already!

It is a strong conviction of mine that far too many students are systematically under-challenged at school.  It starts from day one and carries on from there – simply because a) some teachers do not take enough account of what students learn elsewhere and b), even if they do, they find it difficult to cope … Continue reading

Towards Co-constructed Learning: How to get it started.

Having written about co-construction in our Learning Lessons publication (Vol 2/ Issue 8 and Vol 3/ Issue 3), also profiled in this post I was invited to run some CPD sessions in two schools and then to write a summary of the process.  It is a fabulously enriching way to approach teaching and learning; here … Continue reading

Marking in Perspective: Selective, Formative, Effective, Reflective

Marking in Perspective: Selective, Formative, Effective, Reflective Context and Motivation I’m feeling relieved, smug and virtuous because I’ve just marked some books. It feels good because a) it was overdue and, hence, was having that ‘albatross’ effect; b) for a change I am looking forward to going into my class tomorrow without feeling guilty and … Continue reading

Teaching and Learning ‘Market Place’ CPD.

A key strand of our ‘research-engaged’ philosophy and practice is that all KEGS teachers are involved in a Teaching and Learning Workshop throughout the year.  This is in addition to the CPD that takes place through departmental meetings, individual CPD courses and the routine practice of ‘reflect and refine’.  We are looking to explore new … Continue reading

If lessons were like skateboarding…

Wouldn’t it be great!?  Off you go kids, have a go, see how you get on and we’ll take it from there…… However, can you imagine what ‘Skateboarding Lessons’ might look like in the real world of routine school: First of all there would be an extended safety briefing…. and another thing…. and make sure … Continue reading

Bringing AfL Alive in Every Classroom

These issues of Learning Lessons describe a range of strategies for bringing formative assessment alive in every classroom.  Click this image to view the pdf online via Issuu: The next issue in the series by MFL specialist Alex Steele. It  cannot be recommended highly enough – it is packed with practical strategies and interesting approaches … Continue reading

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