Monthly Archives: February 2013

10 ways DHS teachers have used twitter….

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15 Minute Forums for this half term

With this being a short half term (and Y9 Parent evening on a Thursday) there are only 4 forums scheduled for this half term….but they will of course be quality! 7   March Effective use of assessment criteria in a … Continue reading

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15 Minute Forum – Getting the most out of exams

Steph Holt led a 15 minute forum on how we can support students with exam technique and preparation – with a particular focus on Y11 as they approach their exams.  Many of the strategies she discussed have been based around … Continue reading

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Closing the gap with peer marking

Came across a great example of how peer marking can be effortlessly, but effectively used to close the learning gap today – courtesy of our Head of Geography, David Brading (@davidbrading). It went like this; Step 1 – Peer marking based … Continue reading

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Outstanding – Encouraging reflection

Today a blog post by the marvellous David Didau (@LearningSpy) entitled ‘Icebergs, taking risks and being outstanding‘ inspired me to think more about how we can demystify ‘outstanding’ and support more teachers with achieving it, more of the time!  We … Continue reading

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The ‘In & Out’ of a lesson

Blog updated – 6th June 2013 The beginning and end of a lesson are undoubtedly important phases of learning.  In the first 10 minutes of the lesson you are looking to engage students, elicit their prior knowledge and set the scene … Continue reading

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Reducing teacher talk

Reducing teacher talk and allowing more time in lessons for students to be active participants in their learning, is an important aspect of developing outstanding teaching and learning. In order to begin to build up a bank of strategies that … Continue reading

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Differentiation – Some classroom strategies

During an INSET day last week, teachers from different subject areas met in a ‘Learning Development Group’ to discuss and share successful classroom strategies for differentiation.  The group was led by Steph Holt (Science) and Emma Foster (PE).  The following … Continue reading

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