Monthly Archives: February 2014

Bright Spots: 28th February 2014

Whilst walking around the school today, going in to classrooms, I came across the following bright spots, which I thought I would share. In Jane Squire’s RE classroom, I saw this stuck on every desk: This was a great way … Continue reading

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Challenge & Success for all

The 15 minute forum tonight was led by Steph Holt – looking at how we can ensure high levels of challenge during lessons.  She started the session by reminding us of the fact that it’s unfortunate that often when you … Continue reading

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Making explanations stick

Last weekend a twitter conversation resulted in our teaching ‘Big 4’ evolving into 5 – Challenge, explanation, modelling, questioning & feedback.  More can be read on this here. If I’m honest, I haven’t really given a huge amount of thought … Continue reading

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The Evolution of ‘The Big 4’

Over the past year or so, I’ve been very keen on the idea of developing a ‘tight but loose’ approach to teaching across my school.  By that I mean highlighting a few key pedagogical principles that are key to great … Continue reading

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Marking. Less is more?

DHS maths Deputy Leader Emma McCann has decided to dip her toes into the world of blogging, with this great article on marking. Yet another bright spot! I just want to start by warning you: I have read loads but … Continue reading

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Using Padlet

English NQT Emma Morgan has been using Padlet to help her students revise.  For those of you who aren’t familiar with Padlet, it is basically a blank wall that you set up (online!). You or anyone else can then post … Continue reading

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Bright Spots: 10th February 2014

Whilst walking around the school today, the following bright spots were found. In Geography, Ben Crockett was showing his Y8 students the ‘Austin’s Butterfly’ video by Ron Berger, to introduce the idea of peer critique and feedback.  If you haven’t … Continue reading

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