Educational Reading


Jan

26

2018
‘Teaching to the Top’: A challenge collection.

‘Teaching to the Top’: A challenge collection.

“The struggle you’re in today is developing the strength you need for tomorrow.” Robert Tew. Outside of the every daily variety of life in the classroom, one of the things I have particularly enjoyed about this academic year is setting up a CPD group called ‘Teacher Advocates’ with Zoe Taylor (who runs this excellent blog for English teachers) in our school. The idea is that...

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Dec

14

2017
A Year of Educational Reading

A Year of Educational Reading

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” Mahatma Gandhi When I started this blog in August of last year, I penned this rather cringe worthy, clearly too much sun inspired, rationale: “The blog is merely offered as an attempt to crystalise and share thinking about teaching and learning. It will also be a place to prioritise reflection...

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Nov

24

2017
Experiments with strategies from ‘What Does This Look Like In The Classroom?’

Experiments with strategies from ‘What Does This Look Like In The Classroom?’

“Teaching is the best profession in the world and has given us a huge amount of satisfaction. This book is, we hope, a useful contribution to the work of our fellow travellers” Carl Hendrick and Robin Macpherson ‘What Does This Look Like In The Classroom’ There is, let’s be clear, not a huge amount of time for dipping into the murky depths of educational research...

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Aug

22

2017
Essential summer reads: ‘Making Every English Lesson Count’

Essential summer reads: ‘Making Every English Lesson Count’

“It’s been a long, long time coming but I know a change is gotta come” Otis Redding ‘A Change is Gonna Come’ This is always an edgy, nerve wracking week in education land. Wednesday night sees the inevitable fraught sleep, haunted by visions of a floating mass of grade ones and floods of adolescent tears drowning us. Just me? Positive or negative, post results days...

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Aug

02

2017
Essential summer reads: ‘Battle Hymn of the Tiger Teachers’

Essential summer reads: ‘Battle Hymn of the Tiger Teachers’

“It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows’ Epictetus Having spent the last sixteen days with a group of seventeen Year 12 students completing a World Challenge project in South India, perspective is a word I have been thinking carefully about. Seeing these young people completely outside of their comfort zone, attempting to not only lead but help rebuild...

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Jun

23

2017
On doubt and Direct Instruction

On doubt and Direct Instruction

“I don’t believe anyone ever suspects how completely unsure I am of my work and myself and what tortures of self-doubting the doubt of others has always given me.” ― Tennessee Williams Reaching the end of my first academic year of blogging and engaging with online dialogue about teaching, there is one frequent aspect that keeps resurfacing. It is an element that appears to be the driving force...

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May

12

2017

Peps Mccrea’s ‘Memorable Teaching’: memory in the classroom

“The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.” L.P Hartley ‘The Go Between’ In the opening of L.P Hartley’s ‘The Go Between’ (sloth like process through the A-Z of classic literature reading challenge!) the protagonist, Leo Colston, discovers a red cardboard box which is full of inconsequential objects and a diary from over fifty years ago. This fascinating discovery leads him to...

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Apr

21

2017
‘One Day Like This’: On ensuring a confident and calm term.

‘One Day Like This’: On ensuring a confident and calm term.

“Throw those curtains wide! One day like this a year would see me right.” Elbow: ‘One Day Like This’ Elbow’s ‘One Day Like This’ ends with a gloriously optimistic two and a half minutes, with Guy Garvey’s impassioned repetition of the above refrain building to a crescendo. Never has a song so wonderfully and obviously juxtaposed the act of waking up at the start of a new term....

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Mar

24

2017
The Ghost of Memory: Revision and retention for ‘A Christmas Carol’

The Ghost of Memory: Revision and retention for ‘A Christmas Carol’

“You recollect the way?” inquired the Spirit. “Remember it!” cried Scrooge with fervour; “I could walk it blindfold.” My Year 11 group initially studied ‘A Christmas Carol’ in the first term of Year 10. Three weeks ago we dusted off Marley’s chains and began revising it, eight weeks in advance of their exam. My opening gambit was deliberately provocative: each student was presented with a...

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Mar

17

2017
‘Making Every Lesson Count’ informed feedback experiments.

‘Making Every Lesson Count’ informed feedback experiments.

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Albert Einstein I might have been tad overly optimistic at the end of last week’s post on using strategies from Andy Tharby and Shaun Allison’s ‘Making Every Lesson Count’: “Regardless, I skipped out of school on Friday afternoon like Mr Du Beke himself.” Now don’t get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoyed a week of...

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