Category Archives: Guest Posts

Why playdough is not the way forward when teaching geography

Many thanks to Durrington geography teacher Hannah Townsend for this post, where she reflects on the importance of challenge and high expectations in KS3. * I recently read a post on a GCSE geography teachers’ forum asking for advice about how … Continue reading

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Embrace the Glitterball

Occasional guest blogger and DHS drama teacher Lesely Graney has been reflecting on Strictly Come Dancing… It time to embrace the glitterball. If you walk past my room at this time of year you might hear comments like “Don’t be … Continue reading

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Lesson Study in Maths – The Experience of 3 Teachers

Maths teacher and ‘Learning Innovator’ Shane Borrett, has led a group of 3 maths teachers through a cycle of lesson study.  His account of this process follows. The Japanese have one of the best education systems in the world, second … Continue reading

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Desirable Difficulties

A guest post from DHS MFL Teacher Matthieu Cauchy. I first heard about this very recently. Earlier on this week, I was talking to blogger and pedagogue, our very own Andy Tharby. Whilst discussing various topics, Andy introduced me to the … Continue reading

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Beliefs, Fromage Frais & The Pygmalion Effect

DHS drama teacher and occasional guest blogger Lesley Graney is back, thinking about beliefs, fromage frais and The Pygmalion Effect.  Read on…… What do beliefs, fromage frais and the Pygmalion Effect have in common? Where is she going with this?  … Continue reading

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Reflecting on Mindset

Following our INSET day last week, DHS drama teacher and occasional guest blogger Lesley Graney has been reflecting on her mindset…..and that of her students. Enjoy…. It been a while since I have made parallels between my home life and … Continue reading

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Student Led Plenaries in PE

DHS PE teacher Stuart Axten (@StuartAxtenDHS) has been looking at developing effective AfL strategies to use in his own lessons, but also more widely across the department – as a part of his Learning Innovator project.  At the start of … Continue reading

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Some thoughts on questioning…..

DHS drama teacher, Learning Leader and occasional blogger Lesley Graney has been thinking about questioning…… There is a lot of chat about the Big 4 in our school. It’s everywhere; if only the big 4 were sleep, cheese, red wine … Continue reading

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Educating Yorkshire

Occasional blogger and DHS drama teacher Lesley Graney shares her thoughts on Episode 1 of the new Channel 4 series. Read on……. If you read my last blog, you will know I don’t watch much television, but there are a few … Continue reading

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Developing the learning environment – Maths

In this article maths Progress Leader Sam Down (@SDown4) describes how he has been developing the displays in his classroom to support student progress and learning. Following on from our recent student led 15 minute forum on ‘The Learning Environment’ with … Continue reading

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