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Category: Improving

Special tips selected to support schools requiring improvement

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!

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 […]

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 […]

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.

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.

Life beyond levels

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

Literacy and consistency

This post aims to suggest some solutions to the problems faced in the classroom by learners having low reading ages and poor literacy skills.

Pupil Action after feedback

This post will give you advice and tips covering two areas; How to plan to enable feedback action How to make action visible

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.

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 […]

The Purple pen…

This video is a huge hit over on the FaceBook page, how to increase pupil engagement in reflective activities with just a pen….and possibly a feather! Please follow and like […]

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 […]

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 […]

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’ […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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! […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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