POSTED ORIGINALLY IN MARCH 2013 In my role as Literacy Co-Ordinator I am expected to run a CPD day each year. In year 1 the focus is on developing Speaking and Listening skills and, in particular, student presentations. I was keen for this CPD day not to be led by me. As an English teacher andContinue reading “Revisiting old posts: The power of presentation”
POSTED ORIGINALLY IN JANUARY 2014 Strategies to develop key vocabulary across the curriculum Important considerations: 1) Students must know / understand the key vocabulary – no good using if they don’t know the meaning 2) Teaching words within sentences – essential to get context right 3) One school suggests – Subject areas: 1) Literacy matsContinue reading “Revisiting old posts: Developing key vocabulary across the curriculum”
POSTED ORIGINALLY IN MARCH 2014 On Saturday I attended the Pedagoo conference. It was a great day and opportunity to touch based with Twitter colleagues. Having been to a number of these now, I am always quite choosy where I go opting for the more practical of sessions especially if I am promised something IContinue reading “Revisiting old posts: Foldables”
POSTED ORIGINALLY IN MARCH 2014 There is a sense of irony in starting with a cake to celebrate an anniversary and that is because, in a lot of ways, I feel like I am married to my school. BUT, in January of last year I very naively put in an application for a Head of faculty post.Continue reading “Revisiting old posts: Happy 1 Year at the Welly”
POSTED ORIGINALLY IN JUNE 2104 Last night I, along with colleagues of mine from the Academy were invited to Wellington College for a talk on leadership. The timing for this was super. Year 11 finished their time with us yesterday which put a really neat end to the hardest year of my professional career duringContinue reading “Revisiting old posts: learning to lead from Dr Seldon”
POSTED ORIGINALLY IN JUNE 2014 The word research seemingly appeared in almost all presentations today with one professional stating ‘he was losing the will to live’, although he was criticised for his viewpoint. No-one seemed to define the need for research but rather assumed that its value was a given. The value being that itContinue reading “Revisiting old posts: Moving forward with research”
POSTED ORIGINALLY IN OCTOBER 2014 In July we designed a new KS3 curriculum that saw our year 7 pupils move into mixed ability groupings. The decision was made, in fact, after speaking to many people on Twitter about how beneficial mixed ability teaching was. I have to admit, I haven’t always been a fan. InContinue reading “Revisiting old posts: The power of collaboration”
POSTED ORIGINALLY IN MARCH 2015 Once an opportunity for teachers to enthusiastically develop their practice or enhance their teaching and learning pedagogy, CPD’s alignment with PRP, accountability and the need to provide evidence that you can breathe well enough let alone teach, CPD has seemingly lost the spark it once had in promoting a professionContinue reading “Revisiting old posts: CPD – Who or what is it for?”
POSTED ORIGINALLY IN APRIL 2015 What a treat to read such a positive post on teaching this week! And then how interesting that the responses to the post fell into two categories: those who lavished praise that finally someone had written something positive about the profession and reflected the views of those ‘who love theirContinue reading “Revisiting old posts: it’s ok to have a moan sometimes…it’s much more honest.”
POSTED ORIGINALLY IN APRIL 2016 In the fifteen years I have been teaching, I have had the honour and privilege to work in two schools during challenging times and then, under new leadership, see these schools flourish to be deemed officially ‘GOOD’ by Ofsted. Change – moving a school from inadequate / requiring improvement toContinue reading “Reflecting on old posts: Moving from Inadequate to good”
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