#TLT16 Takeaways

This is a short post sharing many other posts. Thank you to everyone who attended this year’s TLT and who offered up their time to speak and share their thoughts on today’s world of education with so many. The day was a really special one with a shift in debate and discussion to one on…

The Imitation Game: Making better writers

Much like modelling metacognition, I have found encouraging students to imitate professionals and academics an interesting and helpful method in improving their own writing. It is easy for teachers in certain subjects to forget that many of our creative subjects use the art of imitation in their lessons every day. Imitation is, apparently, a form…

Last night ‘ResearchEd’ changed my life

Bit of a bold statement I know and I am rather behind the times but I have a feeling that in the long-term the title of this blog may well have some value.  ResearchEd2015 was better than I could have hoped. Due to exhaustion of the first week back and choosing life over teaching, I…

Tick Tock: Using my time effectively

‘‘The past is a foreign country, they do things differently there.” L.P Hartley’s epigram from his novel The Go-Between (1953) suggests that the past is an area separate from the present and future. However, the use of the present tense may be seen as an indication that the past and present can indeed merge.‘ The…

Revision and Research

This post  is really a thank you to Mr. John Tomsett (@JohnTomsett) for recognizing and encouraging others to engage with research.  I don’t have much time to read blog posts anymore. I’m not sure I ever did but even less now I have made a conscious effort to ensure life comes before work and tend to book up…

World Book Day 2015

World Book Day has been and gone again. We had a great time and hopefully some of these ideas will prove helpful in the future for both our school and others! As always, the main focus was the dressing up (by staff) and ensuring we could enjoy a chuckle with our students whilst discussing our…

There are far far better things ahead…

Self indulgent and not particularly useful- maybe. Necessary for all to do – probably. I went on a rather wintery walk today; I took a photo of a beautiful reflection of a tree in the Itchen’s chilly waters highlighted only briefly by the burnt orange of the setting sun. The sunlight lingered long enough for me to take the photograph and as the reflection began to dissipate in…

Teaching and Learning Advent Calendar

As part of our Teaching and Learning Team, My colleague @misslollyhill and I were assigned to create a T&L advent calendar. This was @siancarter1’s and our T&L team’s idea and we decided to make both a physical and electronic calendar. This is what our tree looked like to start with: Every day, we will be…

Place “Only” Anywhere In This Sentence

Originally posted on 101 Books:
English is a wacky language. Just ask my 4 year old, who recently corrected me for saying that he “bought lunch.” He said, “No Daddy, I buyeded lunch.” You’re right son, you buyeded that pizza. Anyway, English has a lot of strange quirks. Here’s one.   Place an emphasis on the…

A Rounded Approach to Progress

This post is to say a big thank you to @Laura_suths for sharing and caring and to explain some of the things I have done to try and create a rounded approach to accelerating and improving progress for lower ability students. I teach a group of very lovely students – whose ability is currently lower than…

Teaching and Learning Takeover ebook and 2014!

Why am I writing this now you ask? Well because it’s nearing TLT2014 I answer… Teaching and Learning Takeover (TLT) is the title of a teaching and learning conference which took place on the South coast in October 2013. It was free to attend and open to around 180 teachers – the entire day was held at the University of Southampton….

Challenging times

The title of this post may sound rather negative but it really isn’t negative at all. I’ve toyed with the idea of deleting the blog because frankly I’ve no idea how people have time to write all the time and I certainly don’t! So instead of beginning to fall in to the trap of continual moaning (as…