Reflection

Reflections and a pledge – #Teacher5aday

This year I jumped on the Teacher5aday bandwagon with some posts about workload, time-saving techniques, things I'm going to stop, change and introduce, and why happiness starts now. As the year draws to a close, it seems that it's an apt time for reflection on the year's successes and things to look forward to in 2017… Continue reading Reflections and a pledge – #Teacher5aday

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Curriculum, English, Literacy, Teaching and Learning

The humble post it note

The less time spent making lots of worksheets and single use resources, the more time can be spent on planning, assessment and feedback. I also realised that tidying my office at home that I'm the proud owner of an extensive collection of sticky notes: index markers, A5, square, plastic markers, different colours, different shapes.  These are all… Continue reading The humble post it note

Part Time Student, Reflection, Staff Development, Wellbeing

Stop. Change. Introduce. Day 5 #Teacher5aday

Question: With the new curriculum changes & increased accountability measures what will you stop doing, change, or introduce for your own well-being? Amy Jeetley has posed this question in a post for today's #Teacher5adayslowchat. Stop - Marking work that's littered with silly mistakes or incomplete. I dread to think how much marking time is taken up by staff… Continue reading Stop. Change. Introduce. Day 5 #Teacher5aday

Assessment, Curriculum, English, Progress, Reflection

Preventative intervention strategies

Having already blogged on why I don't think 'whatever it takes' is always the best way to view intervention, I presented on preventative intervention strategies at Red House School TeachMeet earlier this week. We're in the middle of exam season and there's a lot of last minute pushes, final revision sessions, drop ins and other inteventions. But it's… Continue reading Preventative intervention strategies

Assessment, Curriculum, English, Progress, Wellbeing

‘Whatever it takes’ Some reflections on intervention

I used to believe that'whatever it takes' was a sign of commitment and high expectations. I don't any more. 'Whatever it takes' risks increasing teacher workload for limited gain,  allows students to abdicate responsibility for their own learning and can promote a culture of low expectations. Imagine a teacher writing lesson plans outlining what they're doing for every single… Continue reading ‘Whatever it takes’ Some reflections on intervention

Reflection, Staff Development, Wellbeing

On workload. #Teacher5adayslowchat

It's important to discuss workload and well-being. It's also important that it's discussed in an open and positive way that doesn't become endless complaining and blaming. This is where I think #Teacher5aday has got it right and their slowchat (#Teacher5adayslowchat) is worth a look to hear how teachers, leaders and schools are working together for happy healthy… Continue reading On workload. #Teacher5adayslowchat

Assessment, Curriculum, English, Literacy, Literature, Progress

What about the tree? Why knowledge is empowering.

'Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid'  This quotation tends to lend itself to the idea that curriculum, assessment and differentiation should lead us to expect, and accept, different things for different students due… Continue reading What about the tree? Why knowledge is empowering.

Leadership, Reflection, Staff Development

Pass it on: top time-saving tips

I'm a big fan of the #teacher5aday hashtags and discussion of work-life balance on Twitter that I'm always talking about things I've seen online or great little 'tweaks' that make life just that little bit easier. I'm going to attempt to recap some the great advice I've been given for work-life balance (both in person and online).… Continue reading Pass it on: top time-saving tips

Curriculum

Rethinking differentiation: getting the most out of questions

"Inspectors reported concerns about Key Stage 3 in one in five of the routine inspections analysed, particularly in relation to the slow progress made in English and mathematics and the lack of challenge for the most able pupils." (Ofsted, KS3 'The Wasted Years', 2015) When I trained, the common approach to differentiation was to teach to… Continue reading Rethinking differentiation: getting the most out of questions

Leadership, Staff Development

Leadership development: it starts earlier than you think

Succession planning should be at the heart of any medium/long-term planning within a school. With a national shortage of school leaders (Read more here), the idea of planning for future leaders is becoming increasingly important. According to figures released by Future Leaders, whilst 74% of teachers are women, only 65% of heads are women (original DfE report… Continue reading Leadership development: it starts earlier than you think