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How we embraced Fluency in the Maths department.

How we embraced Fluency in the Maths department.

Siobhan Hook considers the implementation of Fluency tests.

25 May 2018

Despite a few initial concerns with regard to the implementation of our weekly Fluency Tests, they have proved effective and successful. Almost all students improved their key skill scores by at least 20% in the first few weeks. So although we may refine the model in future, it does appear to have had a positive Impact on our Year 11 progress, and we will shortly be introducing them into Year 10.
Creativity in the Classroom

Creativity in the Classroom

This week, Sally Tidbury explores ways of finding creative opportunities to enhance learning even in subjects not typically thought of as 'creative'.

17 May 2018

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn” Benjamin Franklin

 

I often hear that it must be nice to teach a “creative” subject.  However, in my experience all subjects have an element of creativity, depending on what your definition of creativity is. 

Although music may be creative in an obvious way, we still have to teach theory and content for an exam.  In this blog, I wanted to explore how a creative classroom can support the learning of our students. 

What Makes Effective Groupwork?

What Makes Effective Groupwork?

Simon Hills considers some of the issues around collaborative learnng

11 May 2018

We’ve all done it, ‘Ok we are doing group work today….’ and we get the students into groups and then give a task.

Our expectation is that they know how to work in a group with other students, some who are more able than them, some less, others quiet, some loud etc!

How much actual work and progress are they all making in this scenario?

If we can get this right and train the students then the research suggests they can make gains quite rapidly in small collaborative work with each other.

Speed Dating CPD session

Speed Dating CPD session

Sharing good practice

08 May 2018

 

Educational research shows that one of the most effective ways of delivering meaningful CPD to teachers is to give them the opportunity to discuss good practice and ideas together.

This was the rationale behind our very successful Speed Dating CPD session on Friday 4th May.

Learning Culture and the Classroom

Learning Culture and the Classroom

Kayleigh Axford considers what creates a successful classroom environment

03 May 2018

From the moment we stepped into teaching, we all notice that we do something different to the person in the classroom next door. Good or Bad, these differences are essential to a student’s development and relationships. How you create your classroom and the learning experience is individual to each teacher and each student. Here are some tops tips from lessons I have be lucky to see from my Teaching and Learning background and some of my own practices that I am glad make me different.

 

Teacher Twitter CPD

Teacher Twitter CPD

How to get started and use Twitter to reinvigorate your teaching practice.

20 April 2018

Twitter had never been by my preferred social media outlet of choice, but about 18 months ago I discovered Twitter as a teacher and it has been a revelation!

'Outstanding teaching: Engaging Learners'

'Outstanding teaching: Engaging Learners'

Pedagogy Book Review

29 March 2018

Colin Harris reviews his most useful pedagogy book - Outstanding teaching: Engaging Learners

Outstanding teaching: Engaging Learners is a book I have used throughout my teaching from being a History NQT through to Subject Leader. This book was gifted to myself and my fellow NQTs within our first weeks as teachers with the slightly tongue in cheek challenge to live up to its title.

Walking Talking Mocks

Walking Talking Mocks

Improving students' exam techniques

21 March 2018

Richard Bentley explains the rationale behind this extremely useful way of improving students' confidence in their exam technique and the way they have implemented this in the PE department.
Questioning

Questioning

Strategies to involve all students.

15 March 2018

Following our Friday Teaching & Learning Session on exploring how we use questioning in our classrooms, two things became clear:

1. Questioning is a teacher's bread and butter and we all use a wide range of questioning types and strategies to develop understanding and enhance learning.

2. A perennial problem is how to engage ALL students in the question and response process.

The Importance of Feedback After Summative Assessment

The Importance of Feedback After Summative Assessment

Tom Chaplin explains the rationale behind his exam feedback sheet and ways to use it effectively.

15 March 2018

More so now than ever, with the rigour of the new 9-1 GCSE specifications, I feel it is particularly important for students to reflect on their summative assessments holistically rather than just receiving a grade and moving on.

 

A summative assessment can provide much more useful information than just a score or a grade.

Inspired by a similar document a fellow professional had shared on Twitter, the exam analysis feedback document allows students time to reflect strategically on what they have achieved and provides them with the next steps to improvement.

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