As 2017 draws to a close, we bring you the best of the blogs that have been shared on classteaching. It’s been another great year for educational blogging, with an increasingly sharper focus on evidence-informed practice. As a profession, we are all indebted to the hundreds of colleagues who use their own time to very generously share their own thoughts and reflections through blogging. It really is such a rich and varied source of CPD.
So here we go, for every month we have picked one blog from the classteaching archives and one ‘blog of the week’. Enjoy!
‘Now that’s what I call CPD’ describes how our science department are effectively implementing our subject-specific approach to CPD this year – Subject Planning & Development Sessions.
‘Why playdough is not the best way forward when teaching geography’ by Hannah Townsend is a brilliant guest post, where Hannah reflects on the importance of not dumbing down your subject and having the highest expectations of what students can achieve.
‘Five things I wish I knew when I started teaching’ by Carl Hendrick is just fabulous. It explores some common misconceptions about teaching and learning and is a ‘must read’.
’10 simple things to try and have a better work life balance’ by Becky Owen is a very practical blog by a very successful teacher, about how she maintains a healthy work-life balance.
‘What is not working in education (and what we can do about it)’ by Sarah Donarski gives some great advice about what we can be doing to become evidence informed as teachers.
‘Using storytelling as an explanation tool’ by Russ Shoebridge explores one of the forgotten arts of teaching – explanation – and the important role storytelling plays in explanations. This is also marked one of the last 15 minute forums at Durrington, after a run of about six years. They had been brilliant for building a culture of teachers talking about their teaching, but it was time for a different approach.
Just the one post in August – Getting off to the best start with a new class.
More questions = fewer pointless powerpoints by Alex Mohammed was one of the first new ‘Teaching Forums’ at Durrington. Rather than teachers having to attend 15 minute forums after school to hear about the effective practice of their colleagues, we interviewed them and wrote it up as a blog. This meant that teachers could still hear what their colleagues had been up to in their classrooms, but at a time that suited them.
Making spaced practice count by Morwenna Treleven is a great example of a teacher mobilising research evidence to great effect in their own classroom.
A very big thank you to the staff at Durrington and the many bloggers out there, whose work has featured on, or influenced this blog. Have a great holiday and all the very best for 2018.
In loving memory of Martyn Simmonds 1981-2017.
An excellent teacher, leader and frequent contributor to this blog.