Monthly Archives: October 2013

Marking: Minimum effort for maximum pleasure

Towards the end of this half term, we have had a steady stream of DHS teachers writing blog articles, to share what they have been doing in their classrooms – which is fantastic to see.  The most recent addition to this is English … Continue reading

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Student Led Plenaries in PE

DHS PE teacher Stuart Axten (@StuartAxtenDHS) has been looking at developing effective AfL strategies to use in his own lessons, but also more widely across the department – as a part of his Learning Innovator project.  At the start of … Continue reading

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Developing Reading Strategies

The 15 minute forum tonight was led by our Literacy Leader, Lucy Darling (@DarlingDurr).  Lucy shared a number of reading strategies that can be used across a range of subjects. Reading Strategies Reading Strategies are ways in which you can … Continue reading

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History & Geography do ‘questioning’

At a recent departmental meeting, the history and geography departments joined forces to discuss and share ideas about questioning.   What ensued was a lively discussion about what makes great questioning.  Thanks to @davidbrading for summarising the meain points of the … Continue reading

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Marking Matters

Like most teachers in the autumn term, I have set myself a few targets, some of them to do with marking. I’m going to make sure that I mark student work regularly, make it useful and get students to do something with it.  In search … Continue reading

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Using the ‘Learning Journey’ poster

The 15 minute forum tonight was led by Assistant Head Pete Kelly (@petek1974), looking at how he uses the ‘Learning Journey’ poster in his lessons.  The poster was introduced to DHS last year, after something similar was seen being used … Continue reading

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Some thoughts on questioning…..

DHS drama teacher, Learning Leader and occasional blogger Lesley Graney has been thinking about questioning…… There is a lot of chat about the Big 4 in our school. It’s everywhere; if only the big 4 were sleep, cheese, red wine … Continue reading

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Science do ‘The Big 4’

Tonight after school, at our department meeting, the science department at DHS gave some thought to these four key aspects of effective pedagogy – questioning, feedback, independence and challenge.  Working in small groups they thought about what best practice looks like … Continue reading

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