Lessons from ski school:

Ski instructors are brilliant at making their learners progress in an extremely complex and challenging area. Instructors love their jobs and who would blame them? I imagine that most become instructors because they love the mountains but many become excellent instructors because of the style and processes they adopt every single day. Ellmau, Austria –…

The Yellow Brick Road…

On September 6th 2015, I wrote a rather dramatically titled piece called ‘Last Night ResearchEd saved my life’. In it I said “I might be late to the party and I don’t feel like a young teacher anymore (I’m about to start my 4th year qualified) but I think it was the right time for me to get…

#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…