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Changing teaching – Post Covid-19

Changing behaviours and routines after lockdown Covid-19 will change our behaviours and our routines across every aspect of school life. After having conversations with several teachers in recent weeks I’ve […]

Working from home – retrieval practice

Retrieval practice ideas This is an easy edit for your institution resource. Simple ideas which learners who are working from home over the coming weeks can use to help them […]

#Assessment – Big questions

“Hands up if you…” Nutshell Allow learners to put up their hands to answer a question. Sometimes this method does have a use! How to do this This is a […]

#Assessment – www/EBI

A quick and easy assessment idea you can make use of in any lesson. Nutshell: Have learners reflect on what has gone well and what they would have improved their […]

Questioning to assess learning

Questioning to support assessment I was asked this question on twitter recently: How can one use questioning and feedback to contribute to the assessment process? @tips4teachingUK — Aqsalogic (@aqsalogic) February […]

Using a computer room

Booking a Computer room might seem like the answer to the end of your stressful week but as with all things in teaching, if you fail to plan you plan […]

Documenting your standards

NQT/ITT programmes vary from institution to institution. Keeping on top of your standards evidence remains a worry for many NQTs and Trainees. For reference check out the Government NQT standards […]

4 Safeguarding tips

Safeguarding is a critical part of what we do as teachers. It is the responsibility of every member of staff in school to report safeguarding concerns (teacher or not). Safeguarding […]

Giving praise

As teachers we can spend a lot of our time dealing with behaviour that falls short of our expectations, and we can actually fall out of the habit of giving […]

Sticky note assessment tools

4 assessment tips that make use of sticky notes 1. The sticky starter Give each student a sticky note as they walk into your room; on the board have the […]

Get Coding – book review

“Code your own website, app and game and develop real coding skills in this fun guide to coding for beginners” Get Coding – from Walker Books This is firstly a […]

Ada Lovelace Day (October 9th)

Do you know who Ada Lovelace is? Did you know she was instrumental in the invention of the modern computer? Did you know she was a close friend and collaborator with Charles Babbage?

Podcast 4: The Wider Arts Picture

In this episode of Teacher Talk Laura and Paul talk with Drew, a new Assistant Head Teacher with responsibility for the Arts ‘big picture’. Listen and subscribe now via your […]

Podcast 3: Arts in Education

Arts in Education In this Episode Paul and Laura talk about the Arts in Education and in particular what Laura as a Lead Practitioner for Art does to promote the […]

Podcast 2: Questioning ideas tested

In episode 2 of the tips4teaching podcast I reflect on my questioning technique during a drive home. The podcast becomes Teacher Talk and introduces our new co-host Laura in episode […]

Podcast 1: Reflecting on practice

In this first episode of the new tips4teaching Podcast (which gets an overhaul at episode three with the introduction of awesome co-host Laura!) I reflect on my practice, in particular […]

tips4teaching PODCAST

Last summer I started a Podcast. Don’t worry if you missed it, it didn’t last long. The busiest year of teaching got in the way! However like a phoenix from […]

4 Stretch & Challenge ideas tested

Welcome to my latest 1/2 termly post! This time a quick run down of 4 stretch and challenge activities I tested last term in my classrooms. That’s in my Yr7 […]

Speaking at Ark Academies #Teach2017

Talk about teaching I was recently invited for the second time to speak about this wonderful profession at the Ark Academies Teach2017 conference (this time in Birmingham) The staging for […]

Growth Mindset

A growth mindset is hugely important, it’s not a fad, it’s how you build resilient learners! I’m witnessing the benefit of students having developed a growth mindset and its enabling me to teach much more challenging computing lessons than I had originally thought I would!

Wellbeing – TeachMeet Hatfield

Wellbeing is a topic so very close to my heart, the more I talk to teachers around the UK the more I’m hearing horror stories about treatment of staff by […]

An easy AFL ‘win’…

Peer Assessment, an easy AFL ‘win’ in any classroom! When you’re starting out in teaching ‘AFL’ seems to be a huge aspect of the job, so full of options and […]

Stretch and challenge

I like to keep things simple, if something is simple and effective don’t over complicated it! Bloom’s to stretch and challenge. This image is designed to be used in CPD, […]

Feedback most common…

One of the most shared tips of mine is printing on sticky notes to help you get ahead of the feedback train! Let me say this though: THIS SHOULD NEVER […]

Sharing knowledge

Know it? Share it! One of my favourite ways to assess students understanding of a topic I’ve taught is to ask them to share their new knowledge/skill with a new […]

teachershop.co.uk

Welcome to the online shop with one goal: Get high impact, low cost resources into the hands of every teacher teaching in the UK! Since I designed the teaching resources […]

New term challenges

A new term is on the horizon, what’s your challenges? For me there is a very busy two 1/2 terms ahead, coursework and exam prep being at the forefront of […]

Hands up AFL

Another new video tip Hands up & then some…part of a new series designed to support assessment for learning in the classroom. From dead simple tips to the more interesting ideas that […]

AFL tips

New video tips for 2017 …Part of a new series designed to support assessment for learning in the classroom. From dead simple tips to the more interesting ideas that take […]

4 AFL practices

Showing assessment and progress over time on a coursework course. I teach the CiDA ICT course, the learners have to create a number of digital products. One could be tempted […]

Teach, Reflect, Doodle is on the list!

Last week @Teachertoolkit published a fabulous post sharing his reading list for 2017 (you can read the post here)  all those books on education he’s selected and put to one […]

My first Book

A long time ago in a classroom now far far away from where I’m sitting now… Boy: “Miss, I want to be a writer when I grow up” Miss: (failing […]

Inspection ready (Middle Leaders)

Middle Leader unsure if you are fully prepared for an inspection? Preparing for an inspection isn’t easy, there’s a lot to pull together and plan. Everyone knows inspections require late […]

Differentiation

Differentiation and scaffolding These two are the closest relations in a teacher mind, so close that they’re the most often confused terms. Differentiation (to me) is providing stretch and challenge to […]

Millions of ideas ready to be clicked

Every teacher needs their arsenal of places to go for inspiration, from colleagues to books. One absolutely fantastic source of ideas is Pinterest! It’s an international site with ideas and tips […]

Marking

I’m on a mission this year to make marking across my faculty the best in school! Want to join me? Marking I want teachers across my faculty to mark in […]

Department meetings

New to a school? New to a Department or Faculty? Everyone is new at some point, don’t worry about it! Six years ago I was new in a Department, two […]

Appraisal Tips

    Have you set some professional target this year? Have you started the appraisal process yet? Here are 2 top tips for your appraisal so you walk into your meeting […]

Teach, Reflect, Doodle

What’s inside the doodle book for teachers.. The book This is ‘the’ doodle book for teachers – I designed it to act both as an inspiration for improving classroom practice […]

Teach, Reflect, Doodle pt1

September saw the release of Teach, Reflect, Doodle My 1st book for teachers has finally been published! Teach, Reflect, Doodle! (Available here ) It’s been over two years now since I […]

Teach Secondary Magazine product feature

Really short post to point teachers towards the recent feature in Teach Secondary magazine which discusses the rationale behind the design of my class room resources. Did I mention my […]

8 Ofsted tips

This post explores similar areas for improvement identified in Ofsted reports from schools across the country at various levels of grading.

Diary update

I've been asked to present at the upcoming Bloomsbury TeachMeetBooks FREE event - info on how you can sign up to attend here ...

Relax, take stock, rethink…

It’s the holiday season!   What are your plans? I’ll be spending the entire holiday with my family, they help me recharge my batteries, gain perspective and inspire new ideas. […]

New Marking Policy 2016

Rationale behind new marking policy explained and FREE downloads for you to use if you want to create a similar time saving marking and feedback policy.

Hour of Code 2015

FREE resource to accompany Hr of CODE activities in December (great if you're in an IT room before Xmas)

Planning a successful week

This post shares how I plan (on a Sunday) for the week ahead, and a FREE download of the resource I created to help me.

A calming space

This post covers how colouring might help calm some frustrated learners...

Life beyond levels

A simple start to assessing without levels - and directions to further reading and support online.

Progress is…

This post looks at two things: What is pupil progress? How do you evidence it in lessons and over time?

Teacher feedback

FREE teacher feedback resource designed to match the resources already on sale.

Coming soon…

Although #ValuableVocab is being updated on a regular basis I wanted to sign post my readers to some upcoming posts… Keep going – In light of the shocking ‘fall out’ […]

#ValuableVocab Day 10

#ValuableVocb Challenge your learners one word at a time – try using todays word in all your lessons today and see what impact it has! Join in the conversation on […]

#ValuableVocab Day 9

#ValuableVocb Challenge your learners one word at a time – try using todays word in all your lessons today and see what impact it has! Join in the conversation on […]

#ValuableVocab Day 8

#ValuableVocb Challenge your learners one word at a time – try using todays word in all your lessons today and see what impact it has! Join in the conversation on […]

#ValuableVocab Day 7

#ValuableVocb Challenge your learners one word at a time – try using todays word in all your lessons today and see what impact it has! Join in the conversation on […]

#ValuableVocab Day 6

#ValuableVocb Challenge your learners one word at a time – try using todays word in all your lessons today and see what impact it has! Join in the conversation on […]

#ValuableVocab Day 5

#ValuableVocb Challenge your learners one word at a time – try using todays word in all your lessons today and see what impact it has! Please follow and like us:

#ValuableVocab Day 4

#ValuableVocb Challenge your learners one word at a time – try using todays word in all your lessons today and see what impact it has! Please follow and like us:

#ValuableVocab Day 3

#ValuableVocb Challenge your learners one word at a time – try using todays word in all your lessons today and see what impact it has! Please follow and like us:

#ValuableVocab day 2

This post is designed to help you improve teaching and learning one word at a time! #ValuableVocab We know the vocabulary linked to Blooms Taxonomy is important, we know that, […]

#ValuableVocab Day one

This post is designed to help you improve teaching and learning one word at a time! #ValuableVocab We know the vocabulary linked to Blooms Taxonomy is important, we know that, […]

Quick video tips all in one place

Quick tips This is a post to link readers to my 30 second (occasionally longer) teaching tip videos on FaceBook. The page is growing with every video added and being positively received […]

Teacher T-Shirts…

 I’ve put some designs together for fun t-shirts, depending on likes and requests I hope to make them available for summer time purchasing 🙂 — Please follow and like us:

NEW RESOURCE

Feedback and Reflection resource This resource is a template for you to print and create your own feedback and reflection slips to use in lessons. Print then on paper or […]

AFL – One way to use sticky notes…

Quick tip to make (some) AFL faster AFL doesn’t have to be about writing pages and page of feedback, sometimes for some comments you find you have to repeat often […]

AFL – tips for getting it done

It’s not rocket science, but (particularly) if you are a trainee, or NQT, just getting started with your assessments is a challenge. This 30second tip filled video is designed to […]

Challenge made easy

Add just 3 words to increase challenge A really easy start to increasing challenge in your lessons by just using 3 words more often. This 1st video gives you the […]

Peer Assessment Quick tip

Part of a new series of quick tips…. Peer Assessment and using vocabulary in class… View this video on YouTube & the FaceBook page where you can discuss Peer Assessment […]

FaceBook – Schemes of work discussion

Over on the new FaceBook page… I’m asking the question ‘what needs to be in a Scheme of Work?’. Schemes of Work or Learning Plans are vital tools; teachers and […]

Carry On Teachers…

Light entertainment It’s 1/2 term so we need to find some time to smile, relax and as our students say ‘chill’. My methods of relaxation include cycling, reading, drawing, and […]

We’ve joined FaceBook

Always start a New Year with something new, and for me it’s joining FaceBook. I’ve been told FaceBook is a perfect place to more quickly share ideas and have more […]

Happy Christmas

Seasons Greetings   As a Merry Christmas treat to some of my followers I’ve sent out some samples of my new Classroom Resources. Thank you to all of you who’ve […]

Response to Resources release

So SO rewarding to see such possitive responses to my teaching resources already! Huge thank you to everyone who’s ordered resources and planners and those that have shared their kind […]

Classroom Resources #6 Progress

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. Contact me via […]

Classroom Resources #2 Peer Assessment

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. Contact me via […]

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 […]

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