Theres been a groundswell in the past decade of teachers becoming more research informed. This has been evident in the creation of organisations such as pedagoo and researchEd. Pedagoo is a large community of teachers which aims to support and encourage teachers working collaboratively to improve teaching and learning. They have organised grassroots events called…Read More
In Jamie Thom’s (2018) book ‘Slow Teaching’ he describes the classroom arena as a teachers space where they project powerful subliminal messages to those that enter. Each teachers classroom is a representation of them and their ideals for learning and teaching. Some teachers will have heavily decorated walls that have scores of students work amongst…Read More
Does your classroom environment hinder learning?
Earlier this year @teachertoolkit (Ross Morrison McGill) and Mark Quinn, in conjunction with University College London (UCL), released the results to their Verbal Feedback Project. This made interesting reading for me as they suggest that verbal feedback can which replaced extensive written feedback showed increased engagement of disadvantaged students in learning, improved progress of disadvantaged…Read More
Could endless marking become a thing of the past?
For the past few years I have set a target to myself each academic session to improve my use of questioning. Realising that I have set this goal every year with little progress has made me dig a little deeper, into my own practice and into the research on questioning techniques in classrooms. Research tells…Read More
Is questioning the number one skill of a teacher?
For the past few years I have began lessons in the senior phase by using my randomiser to ask young people to recall knowledge. I can’t remember when I started doing this but I feel it has made an impact on my learners abilities to bring information to the front of their mind quickly. After…Read More