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Teaching Year 8. So complicated; and yet so simple.

  It’s over 10 years since I’ve taught a KS3 class in a comprehensive school.  Gosh! I’m using some skills I haven’t needed in a while and, in the last few weeks, I’ve been getting my match-fitness back, dusting off the rust and oiling those wheels. My Year 8 class is a mid-range ability group … 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

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 #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 #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

Pedagogy Postcard #6: Modelling: Showing how it’s done.

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. Modelling is a core element of good teaching but one that I often feel could be developed further.  There are two … Continue reading

Pedagogy Postcard #5: Expert Knowledge: Yours and theirs

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 are several kinds of expert knowledge that we have as teachers, including: Specialist knowledge of the subjects we teach. … Continue reading

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