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Teaching for 8 years. Blogger, Podcaster and Educator.

Teachers Need Deep Subject Knowledge

A teachers subject knowledge has strong evidence of impact on student outcomes. So how do we get deep and fluent subject knowledge? Why do we need deep subject knowledge? Professor Rob Coe and colleagues wrote in their 2014 What Makes Great Teaching? report that “the most effective teachers have deep knowledge of the subjects they…

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Teachers Need Deep Subject Knowledge

Into a New Dimension for Great Teaching

Evidence Based Education have done it and produced an evidence review of Great Teaching. These ‘best bets’ are there for us to use to improve teaching.

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Into a New Dimension for Great Teaching

What every teacher should do: ask a lot of questions

Asking questions is one of the most important things a teacher does on a daily basis. Teachers ask thousands of questions per week in their classroom and are fully aware that not all questions are equal. It requires great skill and precision for a teacher to ask the right question at the right time. Getting…

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What every teacher should do: ask a lot of questions

Teaching: Like Driving Instruction? by Russell Pearson, @DynamicDeps

“Seems quite traditional and outdated thinking?” This was the challenge posed to us recently by a teacher who was commenting on a resource we shared online. I call it a resource, but it’s more a summary of some general advice about what perhaps we should or shouldn’t do in the classroom. It explores some of…

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Teaching: Like Driving Instruction? by Russell Pearson, @DynamicDeps

What every teacher should do: direct-interactive instruction

My schooling was during a time when the idea of being a ‘guide on the side’ was quite fashionable. When I think back to some of my lessons I can remember doing an awful lot of stuff and I struggle to recall listening to my teacher talk. However, two teachers stand out for me in…

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What every teacher should do: direct-interactive instruction

What every teacher should do: understand how memory works

I was never explicitly taught about memory in my eight years of teaching. This is no one’s fault as we are all doing the best we can. However, having starting reading books and blogs there is a whole world of education research still untouched by many. One important area that I feel all teachers should…

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What every teacher should do: understand how memory works

What every teacher should do: check for understanding

If we first consider the notion that there is a distinct difference between learning and performance, that is when your students are providing great answers to questions in class they may simply be performing in the moment, later during a test, for example, you may find that they haven’t actually learned anything. This idea is…

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What every teacher should do: check for understanding

The Resurgence of Class Forums

I’ve been giving a lot of thought to how I will continue the use of EdTech when I return to my classroom. Many are advocating for us to completely change the way we think and do our jobs. However, I am not so keen and will want to go back to how I was teaching…

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The Resurgence of Class Forums

Build the bridges and the ships

Whatever side of the education debate you land on its important for us to find our common ground, because after all aren’t we after the very same things? I’ve been full of joy and wonder since listening to Emma Turner and Tom Sherrington on todays #BrewEdIsolation. They spoke about their upcoming show ‘Mind the Gap’…

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Build the bridges and the ships

Why demanding excellence is the change we need in our lessons

I’m beginning to be heavily influenced by the writings of both Ron Berger and more prominently Tom Sherrington. To say i’ve spent a few hours trawling through Toms blog is a bit of an understatement. After reading The Learning Rainforest I have immersed myself in blogs, books and articles to help me better understand great…

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Why demanding excellence is the change we need in our lessons