Tag Archives: pedagogy

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: Why a Knowledge-Based Curriculum Could be the Future

Last November at Durrington, we dedicated some of our INSET day to thinking about knowledge organisers: what they are; why they should play a major role in teaching and learning; how to create them; and how to use them most effectively … Continue reading

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Tight but loose

The above extract from the new OFSTED inspection handbook is a move in the right direction.  Rather than constraining teachers to a formulaic lesson structure, it is acknowledging that teaching is a creative and varied profession, where a ‘one size … Continue reading

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AfL: Tight but loose….

Over the last few weeks there have been some very thought provoking posts on AfL on various teacher blogs. Two in partcilular resonated most with me – firstly, this one from Joe Kirby and then this from Tom Boulter.  Both focus … Continue reading

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Plenary Prefects

Twitter really is a marvellous place.  On Monday I was watching a YouTube video of Alistair Smith (@alatalite), presenting a key note speech at the Teaching Learning & Assessment Conference 2013, Berkhamsted School, after having seen it on a tweet.   … Continue reading

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The ‘In & Out’ of a lesson

Blog updated – 6th June 2013 The beginning and end of a lesson are undoubtedly important phases of learning.  In the first 10 minutes of the lesson you are looking to engage students, elicit their prior knowledge and set the scene … Continue reading

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An outstanding teacher…..

During an INSET session today a group of teachers from different subjects met in a ‘Learning Development Group’ to discuss outstanding teaching.  What does it look like and what do outstanding teachers do? I have tried to summarise the discussion here: They … Continue reading

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End of term pedagogical review…

As the term draws to a close I thought I would pull together some of the best bits of pedagogy I have picked up  from 15 minute forums, Learning Development Groups, Twitter, lesson observations etc this term. In the spirit … Continue reading

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Make it outstanding……Marginal learning gains

During an INSET day on Friday a group of teachers met to discuss strategies they had tried in their own classrooms to secure outstanding learning.  The theme for the day was that of marginal learning gains – small changes to … Continue reading

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Towards Outstanding – The aggregation of marginal gains

Today a group of teachers met as a ‘Learning Development Group’ to look at developing outstanding teaching and learning.  We looked at each of the ‘outstanding’ OFSTED criteria, and then considered how they could be easily implemented in the classroom. … Continue reading

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