Miss Watson emailed me recently. Miss Watson!
She was my form tutor in year 9 and 10, and the only woman who taught me anything about how to break a wild class. She had poker straight hair, and huge glasses, and … Read More
Last weekend I attended the Sunday Times Education Festival at Wellington. It was brilliant. Sunshine, nice grounds, hundreds of people chatting about edu-nerdy things. It's basically my nirvana.
Busy enjoying myself I didn't take many notes or feel particularly moved to … Read More
Saturday was the scene of the first ever TouchPaper Problem Party, and it was amazing. It was, quite literally, a super fun nerdy education party!
The story of its genesis is remarkably simple. A few months after I gave a talk … Read More
Back in September, the ResearchEd conference hosted a vast range of speakers suggesting how research might be more effectively used in education. My own contribution was a presentation of 7 problems which, if answered, would help teachers understand important things about … Read More
I am currently being forced to read shedloads of papers about “Total Quality Management” – both in engineering and in education. Much of it is soporific management speak. But every now and then something catches my eye.
Having charts showing … Read More
Bit late on this month's blogsync but better than never, right?...
Topic (last) month was: Marking With Impact. Having taught several subjects across KS3 - 5, my marking techniques have varied. Here are just three which I think had impact even if they're … Read More
This is the first blogpost expanding on the TouchPaper Problems first discussed at #Researched2013.
What is the shortest period of a time in which a person with dyslexia can be taught to spell the 1000 most common words in English?
This question … Read More
With no #blogsync over the summer, I've not written anything 'classroom-y' for a while. So I thought I'd share this tip while awaiting the September blogync topic.
One of the problems of my first year in teaching was getting students to … Read More
This month's #blogsync asked education bloggers to describe "an example of a great classroom explanation". The theme is inspired by an Alex Quigley blog on "Top Tips for Explanation", itself inspired by Joe Kirby's "What Makes Great Teaching?" It's an … Read More
With schools taking a vacation from the National Curriculum and a renewed focus on traditional 'academic' subjects, many schools have already laughed subjects like Sex Education off their teaching roster. "Teaching about condoms?" they say, "Ha! How quaint. These days … Read More