Teaching

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

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

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

What Works in Education with Lee Elliot-Major

In this podcast I am joined by the UK’s first Professor in Social Mobility, co-creator of the EEF’s Toolkit for Learning & Teaching and co-author of What Works? in Secondary Education, Dr Lee Elliot-Major. We discuss his career to date, social mobility and what schools can do to tackle this and his new book which…

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Every Teacher Needs to be a Leader with Stephanie Peat

Stephanie Peat is a Primary School Teacher who now works as a Lead Specialist of Professional Learning & Leadership at Education Scotland. We discuss what Teacher Leadership means to Stephanie and its importance for all teachers. We look in depth at the Teacher Leadership programme provided by Education Scotland and what participants of the programme…

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Our Ability to Learn is our Greatest Weapon with Bradley Busch

Bradley Busch is a Chartered Psychologist and a Director at InnerDrive. He co-authored ‘The Science of Learning, 77 Studies Every Teacher Needs to Know’. Bradley and I discuss his recent TedX talk, the book and its content and also some of his work on the Guardian Teacher Network. Bradley shares his top 3 studies from…

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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