Classroom Resources #1 Questions Sheets

The full set of resources will be onsite from YPO and Amazon before the end of the year, in time for you to purchase ready for the new term in January. CLICK TO ORDER […]

Apprentice style feedback?

As I continue my quest to find ways of making AFL easy, effective and interesting I found myself inspired by the Apprentice UK last night (rare can one say that). […]

SUPER Sticker AFL resource

Avengers Assemble Yep, we’re all in a marking frenzy, and I’m sure some of us are over doing the AFL, but in many circles the new focus on AFL is […]

Good practice – AFL in books and folders

In trying to define expectations across the new department this is one of the ‘snap shot’ reminders posters I created, and have since shared whole school. Regardless of anyone preparing […]

Folder inserts

Making folders work for you and learners I’ve talked about this before, and given illustrations of what I meant (here) but I’ve updated the inserts for me new school and […]

wiki page template for learners

Create your own wiki page I’ve seen this a lot recently, some excellent tweets of work others have done, In order to create an activity myself for a class I’ve […]

AFL Stamp crazy – Updated 2014! –

I mentioned in a previous post that I attended an ‘Outstanding Teaching’ course before the summer break, it was a fab course, really inspired me to re-examine how I go […]

e-Safety resources

Sketchnote resources for KS3 E-Safety Every year – all the way up to and including post 16 – needs to have e-safety refreshed. As a way of supporting some classes […]

5th Week as HoD

AFL – setting and maintaining standards 4th Week as HoD has had my focus all about ‘in house’ AFL practice, identifying good practice that exists and signposting the team to […]

4th Week as HoD

Busy, busy , busy Performance management, understanding what Ofsted will expect from me as a HoD and my team if/when they come. And then, Open Evening, an amazing opportunity to […]

3rd Week as HoD

  Meetings, meetings, more meetings       A new skill, meetings, no really attending or running them requires skills! Organising before running a meeting, sending out an agenda (I […]

2nd Week as HoD

Data, data. data – week 2 as HoD I’ve always had a ‘beef’ with data, and I’ve learned why; it’s because in my early teaching career data we thrust towards […]

1st Week as HoD

  What an intense 1st week! Any 1st week is tough, 1st week in teaching, 1st at a new school, 1st in a new role…I’m discovering that new school and […]

Displays by @DanDesignThinking

Classroom Posters I recently bought these two posters from @dadndesignthinking they’re beautifully striking, learners stopped as they came into the room to read them (a good start). Teachers stopped in […]

Tracking – visually

Tracking made visual As a busy (amazingly so) Head of Department I want a way to track every single pupil in my departments care. I want to know what ‘group’ […]

Sketchnotes continued…

I love getting my ideas down on paper, and increasingly visualising them with the idea of others reading them in mind. To that End I’m updating links to the skecthnotes […]

tips4teaching on Vine

6 Second inspiration Having seen some fantastically creative vine videos popping up on Twitter with increasing regularity this year I have signed up to the Twitter owned site myself. You […]

Display your thoughts

Designing and creating effective Theme/Working Walls. A Primary Perspective An underlying vision that I have in my mind when adapting, re-inventing or creating theme/working walls is ‘don’t give too much […]

“Getting boys reading”

Guest post by a recently graduated trainee Teacher @Justine1412 Perception – It’s not looking good for the boys It is nationally, if not internationally, perceived that boys are simply not […]

September is coming

A brief post of thoughts… Things you can do now before September to get organised and healthy. Enjoy… Please follow and like us:

Vocational Courses

Worst ‘teaching’ I’ve ever seen Easily the worst lessons I’ve observed in the last 7 years were vocational in nature. NOT because vocational is bad! I’m a fan of vocational […]

Interviews

Interview? If Ofsted is the ‘Grim Reaper’ then I don’t know what interviews are because they make me more nervous than the big O! From September I’m starting a new […]

Coursework – keep on top!

Staying organised… We all start out with the best of intentions about how organised we’re going to be each year; planning our courses, mapping out use of resources etc. etc., […]

My Takeaway Homework template(s)

Having struggled with really low responses to homework as a school, the most effective homework actions seem to be in departments at our school who have tried the #takeawayhomework approach […]

Objectives

Why do people leave them till last? Objectives are a starting point. You start projects with objectives, you start a journey with a destination (objective!) in mind! So why why […]

UKed Magazine feature

I’m very proud to have my SketchNotes feature in the May issue of UKed Magazine! Recognising the uses of visual note taking to help teachers and learners learn. To view […]

Boys, learning and progress

A collection of facts and thoughts on the problems we face engaging boys in their learning. As well as some suggested strategies you can use in a lesson to engage […]

The right IT classroom

A bone of contention… Many IT rooms in the 90’s and 00’s were designed on the basis of “how many PCs can we cram into the room?”, rather than; “What’s […]

Working with a difficult student

The disengaged student Ever had that one student who struggles with any task longer than about 5 minutes, and as a result is disruptive and often asked to leave? If […]

A closer look at resources (coming soon)

“It really is exciting to see something you designed on a sheet of  paper be created as a ‘real’ product!” Making ‘Outstanding’ quick and easy I’m a fan of taking […]

Flooding Resources for A-level Geography

Morpeth Floods 2008 More images can be accessed by clicking HERE In 2008 I lived and worked in Northumberland, living in the town of Morpeth when it flooded. Being an […]

Resources to support Outstanding teaching

Resources to support outstanding learning Good resources in the hands of a good, well trained teacher can lead to outstanding learning! I’ve been mentoring and coaching a lot of staff […]

The Art of Observing

Seeing is believing Being able to observe good teaching and learning is an art! It’s something that comes with practice. There are a number of obstacles in the way of […]

Defusing the bomb

 ‘Boom the behaviour bomb goes off’ Sending students out (for what ever reason) always adds a new challenge to teachers lesson. As soon as you walk out to discuss their […]

Tweet to solve a problem

Concise communication A simple resource designed to encourage students to be concise in their communication. The challenge I set is to work in pairs, one pose the question, the other […]

Cloud Computing

Clouds in school The concept has been around ages! 6 years ago I tried very hard to convince a school that this was the future, to no avail, thankfully my […]

CountDown

Set a visual time limit How often do you say “You’ve 10minutes on this task” ? Often? Probably very often, we often set time limits on activities in class, and […]

Simple solution using a Google Doc

Streamlining the little things It’s often the little things that cause the biggest problems, like the simple ideas that are badly managed and take too long to realise. Well, Google […]

World Book Day

World Book Day Thursday 6th March 2014 Young boys generally read less and struggle more in English class at school. Sad but true. However it doesn’t have to be or […]