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Teaching for 8 years. Blogger, Podcaster and Educator.

How Clear are Your Classroom Routines?

Ive been thinking a lot recently about the characteristics of great teachers. Although it is something that may come naturally to some teachers, who don’t even realise that they are doing a great job as it has become the norm. For many others they need to really consider how to become great and it is…

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How Clear are Your Classroom Routines?

How often do you reteach?

During this academic session I have had one class that has required me to reteach topics quite a lot. Perhaps this could be due to poor instruction in the first instance, however I could argue that due to skilful checking for understanding I have identified that I don’t have an 80% success rate. We know…

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How often do you reteach?

My take on Differentiation

Ive been reading a lot of posts on the topic of Differentiation and it has really got me thinking about how I do it. As a Teacher of Physical Education I am confident that I differentiate quite well in the gym. I use smaller rackets in Badminton, balloons in Volleyball and make tasks more complex…

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My take on Differentiation

The Benefits of ‘Team Teaching’

Team teaching takes time, resource and clear communication but when it is applied successfully it can really enhance the experience for both the learners and the teachers. I have had great opportunities to team teach with my colleagues but often it isn’t well planned and as a result we are reactive instead of proactive in…

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The Benefits of ‘Team Teaching’

Motivation 3.0 in our schools

I asked recently why staff at our school love teaching. I got back some amazing responses as to their why of being a teacher. It is important, I feel, to ask this of staff from time to time. We should also ask them to tell their story of why they became a teacher. Many can…

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Motivation 3.0 in our schools

Our Collective Responsibility

In the past week I have launched a short term working group in my school looking at using a coaching model for observations. The reason for this is linked to the narrative our school leaders are building towards. A large section of our staff have undergone training on coaching and using it to coach not…

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Our Collective Responsibility

The Infinite Game of Education

Ive recently finished reading ‘The Infinite Game’ by Simon Sinek and it has really resonated with me in terms of how I view Education and also how I want to be as a potential School Leader. He speaks of leaders who have a finite mindset and play a finite game, these leaders base their ideals…

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The Infinite Game of Education

Our ‘thinking biases’ that interfere with learning

You may think that you are always clear and rational with your thoughts but perhaps that is not always the case. I was recently introduced to research around ‘cognitive biases’ by Bradley Busch, a chartered psychologist and director at InnerDrive. He taught me that cognitive biases are thought processes that can change how we perceive…

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Our ‘thinking biases’ that interfere with learning

Is time the great killer in our profession?

“Lost time is never found again” Benjamin Franklin. Teaching is a hard job, it is incredibly demanding. Before you start, I know we get great holidays but we can’t deny the massive wellbeing issue we have with teaching staff across the country. I can’t remember a day of my teaching career where the school hasn’t…

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Is time the great killer in our profession?

Why you should start a reading habit.

“Never stop learning, because life never stops teaching” I love reading. I believe that it makes me a better teacher and that it could make you a better teacher too. After all, who wouldn’t want to be a better teacher and to learn something every single day. It is what we want for our school…

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Why you should start a reading habit.