As the end of the year approaches, it seems only right to write the obligatory ‘review of 2015’ blog! As we look back over each month, I’ll share my own favourite from here, as well as my favourite ‘Blog of the week’ – in celebration of the many excellent bloggers out there in the twittersphere.
The year got off to a great start with Andy Tharby leading a 15 Minute Forum on the Sutton Trust report – ‘What Makes Great Teaching?’ This has become such an important document, as it distils brilliantly what appears to work in the classroom and what doesn’t.
A great blog from Bodil Isaksen that identifies some key aspects of learning that should then be used to inform our teaching.
An easy choice for February! Like a number of other schools, we stopped grading lessons – this blog explains why every school should do the same.
This blog from the consistently brilliant John Tomsett made an impression on many teachers at my school when it was sent out as a #BOTW. Why? Because it makes sense of the idea of ‘metacognition’! We know it’s important, but how do we do it in the classroom. This blog explains one way of doing it….and doing it well.
As a school we have been working hard to embed the idea of growth mindset – this blog talks about how this requires more than assemblies and posters!
A great blog by Damian Benney – a review of Lemov’s ‘Teach Like a Champion 2’, packed full of strategies to try in the classroom. I was also fortunate enough to finally meet Damian this year at TLT15 – and what a pleasure it was too! A great chap!
A great 15 minute forum by Kate Bloomfield. Kate talks about some simple things she has been doing in her classroom to promote and develop an ethos of hard work and effort.
In this blog Alex Quigley articulates brilliantly the importance of teacher expectations. Such an important read – as is often the case with Alex.
2015 was a great year for myself and Andy Tharby, as our book ‘Making Every Lesson Count’ was published. In May we received some of the pre-publication reviews, which were shared here. To say we were chuffed is an understatement!
As a science teacher, I’m always looking for ways in which I can support knowledge retention and recall with my students. Joe Kirby has come up with an excellent strategy here.
In June I was fortunate enough to attend the Festival of Education for the first time. We had a great day – highlights included listening to Angela Duckworth talk about grit and of course, meeting Carl Hendrick!
A great blog by Dan Brinton – great because it combines educational research with classroom strategies.
A great post by @ImSporticus reflecting on Dweck’s presentation at the Festival of Education. Particularly useful because it highlights the importance of the false growth mindset.
The new school year kicked off with an INSET day – where we discussed the six principles of great teaching and how they can be transferred to the classroom.
Sarah Donarski discusses how she thinks we can be supporting the growth mindset through our day to day teaching.
This post examines what the qualities and attributes are of the best Curriculum Leaders – one of the most important roles in schools.
Blogger Nick Rose gives a great summary of the excellent paper ‘The Science of Learning’ by Deans for Impact. This paper really is essential reading and this provides a great introduction to it.
This year we are focusing our CPD within subjects – and this is a summary of our first session on ‘effort’.
In this post, Tom Sherrington discusses why it is so important to encourage our students to use good spoken English.
The final ‘blog of the week’ was a great piece by David Fawcett, exploring a key aspect of great teaching – explanations.
A huge thank you to all of the brilliant bloggers and tweeters out there who have said nice things about what I have written about and made me think, laugh, grimace and think about how I can get that little bit better this year.
I look forward to doing it all again in 2016!