Monthly Archives: May 2015

Knowledge organisers in science

A few weeks ago I read this post by Joe Kirby on Knowledge Organisers.  It made a great deal of sense to me for 3 main reasons: 1.  It reminded me of how I learnt to spell – I’d learn … Continue reading

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Spinning a pedagogical yarn: the role of storytelling in the classroom

  The 15 minute forum tonigh was led by Andy Tharby. Andy started by sharing 3 principles for good teacher explanation: New knowledge should be linked to existing knowledge Ideas should be introduced in clear steps Abstract ideas are made simple and concrete in … Continue reading

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Making Every Lesson Count

  Last July, Andy Tharby and I set upon a project. We wanted to write an accessible, readable book for classroom teachers, whatever their subject. We wanted to cut through the myths that surround education to focus on some core principles for … Continue reading

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Making Questioning Count

  The 15 minute forum tonight was led by PE NQT James Crane.  James started the session by telling us that since he had been teaching, he had quickly come to the conclusion that questioning was one of the most important … Continue reading

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Developing Metacognition Through Exam Practice

  The 15 minute forum tonight was led by geography teacher Ben Crockett.  A few weeks ago, the ‘Blog of the week’ was this great one on metacognition by John Tomsett.  This resonated with Ben, who then wanted to look … Continue reading

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#TwitteratiChallenge

The #TwitteratiChallenge is a great way to highlight the great support that is out there on twitter and I have had loads of people who have helped me to develop as a teacher and leader (see Teacher Toolkit’s blog post about … Continue reading

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