Bright Ideas

Who has a light bulb idea? This is about positive praise! I’m a fan of visual positive praise, displaying work in & out of class, stickers on work, and now, […]

Stars

Post-it notes in class I love sticky notes, they come in such interesting shapes and colours, they can so easily be utilised in lessons, in so many ways to support […]

How AFL makes progress happen

“Marking is the least favorite part of teaching” Most teachers would seem to say that! But effective marking is the not so secret tool in the battle towards outstanding learning! […]

1 hr of Code

Coding Coding Coding You’re not going to escape coding any times soon, certainly not in the next couple of years as the government and more vocal coding teachers push its […]

Fun resource

ifaketext.com Saw a screenshot of this web resource tweeted ages ago and only just got back to looking at it this week! Simple idea Type in both sides of a […]

A Gamer take on praise and reward

Innovative approach to praise & Reward Games, be they being played at home on a console, or in school on a phone students love games. A colleague was very keen […]

Share ideas to improve

Share ideas and improve learning and teaching Site readership in 2013 It’s quite exciting as a teacher sharing ideas online to see a visual presentation of where in the world […]

Ideas worth a display

Cover all the bases! You’ve got to cover all bases when trying to share good practice! That’s what I’ve learned in the last two years as I’ve done more and […]

Creative revision

Revision time! Make it a status update! I saw these sticky notes online and was just itching to buy them and use them! Set out like a Facebook status update […]

Lollipop Questions

Don’t forget the Questioning sticks! I’m a big believer in keeping good resources to hand so that you’ll remember to use them more often! So a resource I made some […]

If you don’t grade lessons

Yesterday I asked ‘should ofsted grade individual lessons during whole school inspections?’ Thanks (in no small part) to a ReTweet by @GuardianTeach & then the passionate participation of my own […]

TeachMeet – Sharing best practice

I think CPD needs an overhaul. It takes some really special CPD these days to remove the look of boredom from teachers faces as they sit in their school hall […]

I’m writing home, again

Everyone needs a little praise. I’ve always been an advocate of taking the positive praise route with learners 1st! Which makes it somewhat ironic that the 1st post on here […]

Grade or don’t grade?

Grading debate. There’s a lot of talk online at the moment about Ofsted grading individual lessons during inspections, you can read more on this HERE and HERE. What’s your opinion? […]

Literacy Matters

Experience, inexperience and ‘unexperience’ Vocabulary, literacy, key terms, what ever you call it in your class you can’t forget it’s importance! It’s easy to think that when you’re teaching an […]

Hey, Mr Tambourine Man!

Guest post by PGCE trainee Trial and Error I’m a trainee teacher, two thirds of the way through my PGCE year. I am engaging in a trial and error process […]

Cross Curricular Planning

Follow a Primary example! Now this post isn’t likely to be earth-shattering to many teaching in Primary schools, but it’s something that Secondary teachers often lament the lack of in […]

I’m contacting home!

Everyone deals with behaviour problems every day! Students misbehave, we just have to find appropriate way to manage poor behaviour and praise good! This post is about the poor behaviour! […]

5 Minute Parental Engagement Plan

Focus your thoughts with an easy to fill in plan. I devised this plan to help staff get the most out of such parents evening/day meetings, the focus is on […]

5 Minute PGCE Plan

PGCE – Plan & Act! I got a bit hooked on creating these types of plans in October when I was working with a very keen PGCE student (who has […]

Raspberry Pi is here

Box set of technology arrived at school today for my new programming club! Including Raspberries, cameras, and the wonderful book ‘Adventures in Raspberry Pi‘ by Carrie Anne Philbin. It’s a […]

Think, Pair, Share

THINK, PAIR, SHARE Using a resource I created based on one of the books I’ve been reading I’ve created an instant tool for a THINK, PAIR, SHARE activity. Why THINK, […]

Reflecting on your lessons

Here comes the 1/2 term break Ready for the break? Time to take stock, relax, regroup and then think back through past teaching and formulate some future plans? Working with […]

30 Day Drawing Challenge Homework

Meaningful Homework As an Art Textiles teacher I find it hard to find meaningful homework to set which both fits in with the scheme of work and is meaningful and […]

Engagement – Getting boys learning

How do we engage boys in learning? Teachers often debate this question and when my AS Sociology girls outperformed the boys by 11% in the summer of 2012, we realised […]

What teachers make….

Shared video at TeachMeet Bedford A love letter to Mr Gove from over the pond? Please follow and like us:

Smell of success!

Something Shared at Teach Meet – Smelly Stickers – These are in your packs. A top banana lesson! It’s a known fact that smells are connected with memory, we smell […]

Questioning – what to look for

  Questioning This is my topic this year, I’m reading up on it and practicing it as much as I can, so I’m sharing this weeks thoughts on questioning with […]

Making the best of Vocabulary

Literacy Across the Curriculum An easy way to support Literacy Across the Curriculum A Vocabulary mid-lesson mini-plenary You started the lesson with a key vocabulary activity? But if you want […]

Shake up team work…

I’m an iPad user, iPad mini as it’s a convenient size and still powerful at work. Apps, Simple is best Apps are a funny thing, you can waste hours looking […]

Starter Activities.

“It’s a coursework lesson, I want them to come in and get on with their coursework, they have no time to be doing anything else.” I’ve said it, back when […]

TeachMeet Bedford (Fee CPD)

TeachMeet I’m a huge fan of teachers sharing ideas, the best career development always seems to happen when just see something or hear something that sparks an idea off. That’s […]

Seating plans…Classroom Management

Do you create seating plans for your students? If not, why not? I’ll admit I haven’t always used seating plans, but this year I’m already finding them useful! Why use […]

Stamp crazy! (AFL)

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 […]

Better questioning

Questioning; my question to empower students I really want my students to have stronger questioning skills, I think that by giving them practice at answering better questions and generating better […]

Switch them on to learning

Everyone knows that at the start of the year there’s a lot to do! You’re meeting new classes, picking up with old ones and carrying on with projects you last […]

Improving Questioning

Bloom’s Taxonomy A standard in educational training and continued classroom practice. Everyone should know it and be aware of the impact good questioning technique can have with a class. But […]

Action Research

CONTEXT: Part of my role is to co-manage a team in school which conducts action research each year as in partnership with Cambridge University. (More info here) Mobile Technology: Controversy: […]

Google Docs…

Pick something you already do… See how Google Docs can improve what you do, what your team does, and what your students achieve. A presentation I’ve prepared for some coming […]

Raising Achievement

I read this somewhere, an Academy school showcasing one of its initiatives which it felt had greatly contributed to the rise in achievement at GCSE. I’ve created the idea in […]

Class Dojo

Class Dojo is my newest fine find! It’s a behaviour management tool that in the space of one week has captured the imaginations of several of my High School classes. […]

Useful & productive ipad Mini App

iPad Mini, I may have mentioned I bought one, and I mentioned that its size and its power makes its so brilliantly useful. I’ve always wanted the best from the […]