Category Archives: General Teaching

Good Teachers Talk: Better Teachers Listen

Working in an educational context with the worthwhile aim of reducing gaps between students from differing social backgrounds is a daunting task. Classrooms are inevitably sites of power asymmetry, and not just between the pupils. Although it can be awkward … Continue reading

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Using You Tube to support learning

This week’s teaching forum was led by our geography Curriculum Leader, Ben Crockett.  Ben was getting frustrated with the lack of commercially produced revision resources available for his students, particularly ones that would support them with remembering the case studies.  … Continue reading

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Words

In ‘Bringing Words to Life’, Beck, McKeown & Kucan talk about three tiers of words that students will be exposed to during school: Most students come to school with a good tier 1 vocabulary.  Those students who come from a … Continue reading

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More questions = fewer pointless PowerPoints

The focus of this week’s Teaching Forum is questioning, an essential element of the craft of teaching. I sat down with Alex Mohammed, assistant leader in science, to learn a bit more about how to do it successfully. * For … Continue reading

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Three Tricks to Improve Explanations

How do we help our students to make insightful use of academic content? How can we support students in confidently accessing more abstract ideas and applying these to their understanding? How can we ensure that students are able to engage … Continue reading

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What will the Durrington Research School do for you?

We are incredibly excited to have been designated as a Research School this year, as a part of the Research Schools Network.  We will share what we know about putting research into practice and will support local primary and secondary … Continue reading

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59 Things to do and think about to make you a really good teacher

Last week I talked to trainee teachers from the South Downs SCITT about things they should do or think about to become a really good teacher – based on the wisdom of great teachers and research evidence.  It’s not an exhaustive … Continue reading

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