1) Routines - have a routine way of starting AND ending a lesson. For example meet and greet at the class room door, have a positive interaction with each child and calmly reinforce expectations (e.g. 'Morning! Well done on the football game Sarah. Begin the starter as soon as you are seated.'). This allows students to be clear … Continue reading 7 Tips for TS7 – Simple Strategies for Improving Student Behaviour
The NQT year is both one of the most challenging and rewarding years of your teaching career. So much still to learn but also so much to offer your school and students (I share loads of ideas 'magpied' from observations of NQTs). Twitter is full of tales of victory and woes, and your experienced colleagues will give … Continue reading Advice for NQTs…
Every new teacher faces a deluge of things that HAVE TO BE DONE, usually IMMEDIATELY. This is particularly true at the beginning of the academic year. Even though I've been teaching for 19 years this September I always return home on the first day of September dehydrated, brain overload and with an impressive to-do list! With the final … Continue reading Checklist for September
The stretch and challenge classroom is about creating an ethos of ambition, aspiration and passion for learning NOT creating lots of resources and simply giving students more work. The following strategies (link for original source) are about empowering students and fostering curiosity without huge amounts of preparation and added work.
You've taught the lessons, marked and fed back and now it's up to your students to apply this knowledge in exam conditions. But how do we get them ready? Working with key stage 4 and 5 students I am frequently frustrated by how they think they will revise. "I'm going to read through my notes, Miss!" As teachers, we know that active revision is much more effective than passive revision; quality over quantity and awareness that there is no 'one size fits all' strategy. The following classroom activities are intended to engage our learners and train them to become more active with revision.
What is Assessment for Learning? Assessment for learning (AfL) creates moments in the lesson for feedback which is then used to improve students’ performance. Students become more involved in the learning process and from this gain confidence in what they are expected to learn and to what standard. One way of thinking about AfL is that it … Continue reading AfL – 5 easy ways to assess student progress in class
Ok...so you've been back at school two weeks but according to Strava most people quit their New Year resolutions on the second Friday of January. Therefore now seems a great opportunity to remind ourselves that a new term is an ideal time to pause and reflect. Don't just focus on 'what is working in class?' but also 'what needs … Continue reading 5 New Year resolutions you can keep!
I often encounter NQTs who are eager to prepare resources that will engage and inspire and plan lessons that are dynamic and memorable. Whilst of course this is great to see, it often results in a huge amount of hours planning, printing, searching the web and laminating; only for the resource to be used once … Continue reading One Resource…10 Ways