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 […]

Planning for all…

Earlier is week I tweeted this (above) picture, which seemed to get a few RTs and favourites, It was the opening of a weeks worth of thinking (in those quiet […]

Mini is Mighty!!

Yep, I have an iPad Mini, but I’ve bought it with questions in mind… I bought it once I discovered it would fit in my jacket pocket! (Having made a […]

2013, what next?

Big question, two option answer; Complex answer Straight forward answer Answer 1 involves breaking down projects into chunks and explaining both the rationale and the methodology. Answer 2 is perhaps […]

Unrestricted iPad teaching

Having a tablet computer in class is great, as a teacher using one it allows for considerable mobility around the room. You can interact with pupils closer while still being […]

The iPad & PE

From the staff room kitchen I spied 3 students (durning lesson time) out on our field (away from the rest of kids) with an iPad, filming each other. I had […]

Tablet confusion

The tablet computer market is fast moving and potentially a real asset to education for a number of reasons I’ve highlighted in other posts. But the market is also getting […]

AFL with Google Docs

Through my relationship with the Cambridge University SUPER project I had some lovely visitors in my lesson today. The class I had are my Google Docs test subjects (they do […]

Lesson planning as a team

Lesson planning, divides opinion, is it an out of date activity to write out pages of plans for one lesson? Are sound resources and detailed schemes of work more workable […]

Instant interactive AFL in Drama

I work with an amazing Drama teacher, a teacher who has more enthusiasm and energy than anyone I think I’ve ever met! She has a huge passion for using technology […]

Collaborative History lessons

Got to see enthusiasm for google apps outside of my subject again this afternoon, this time in History department where the very excellent history teacher is setting out to use […]

Easy Google Docs activities for any subject

Something that can be seen as a ‘quick gain’ activity using Google Docs collaborative tools are class vocabulary lists, subject or topic specific dictionaries. In ICT for example at the […]

iPad outdoors

I had a wonderful chat with a very excellent geography teaching this afternoon. It was great fun to listen to the exciting ways someone outside of my subject plans to […]

Tablets on your projected screen

I used to own an iPad 1, I bought it on day of release and was excited, then when I discovered that to share its content on a projected screen […]

Tablet computers…initial concerns

The tablet computer project started with a blast of enthusiasm, but to formulate a productive and useful research project it is necessary to accept and even encourage some thought and […]

Tablets…initial thoughts…

Having introduced the tablet computer project to staff a little while ago, I crowd sourced some initial thoughts from staff on a tablet computer (in particular their thoughts focused on […]

Projects…

Starting this year our school is exploring the potential impact of tablet computers on teaching and learning. I say ‘tablet’ deliberately, as we are looking at both the iPad and […]

Action research projects…

Having introduced two major action research projects to our staff this year; Collaborative learning project Tablet computer project I’ve found it useful to jot down a very simplistic ‘check list’ […]

More on collaboration

What do collaborative tools (like google apps) give your school? In the process of our current school project we are investigating the potential impact of google apps on learning and […]

Collaboration

Collaboration has always been key to teaching and learning, we want learner to have collaborative skills, and we need good teacher to work collaboratively to improve teaching and learning practices. […]

Collaborative lesson planning…

“I love it when a plan comes together!” I may have mentioned earlier that this year I finally have an opportunity to test out the potential of Google Apps for Education […]

More on progress…

Thoroughly inspired by reading ‘Whole School progress‘ by Jim Smith (I read the book – highlighter in hand- in one weekend, not bad for a Dyslexic!) I sat down at my […]

Progress, the key to outstanding?

It’s the start of a new academic year, and the key word at the start is ‘Progress’. Defining it Highlighting it Measuring it Reflecting on it It’s something many teacher […]

Alan Turing Exhibition

If you are looking for a trip to inspire young programmers, ICT students, history students, citizenship students, this exhbition has it all. The Science Museum Alan Turing Exhibition in London […]