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Category: Good to Outstanding

How to be Good, and how to move on to Outstanding teaching practice.

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 […]

Classroom Resources thank you to all

I want to say a huge thank you to the teachers out there who are buying, using and finding my teaching resources so very useful at Primary and Secondary across […]

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 […]

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.

More than words

Use these words in your objectives and see the ‘wow’ effect! Please follow and like us:

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 […]

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 […]

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’ […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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! […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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