TLT16 take aways

I thought I would make the best use of my 4 hour train journey back to reflect on my practice in the context of the teach meet in Southampton this weekend.  As always when I attend these events, I have found it reenergising. If nothing else sometimes this is enough. Everything else is a bonusContinue reading “TLT16 take aways”

Action Research – Metacognition Part 2

Research in Practice In order to build the metacognition into my teaching, I knew I needed to start with the way I wanted to continue throughout the year. Students are much more astute and aware of their surroundings and, as the research has suggested, engaging in the dialogue of learning with students and teaching withContinue reading “Action Research – Metacognition Part 2”

Action Research – Metacognition Part 1

Premise: My research aim is to evaluate the impact of metacognitive strategies on learning and progress in a secondary school. Focusing on research by: Daniel Kahneman: Thinking: fast and slow Peter Brown et at: Make it Stick: The Science of Successful Learning Carole Dweck: Mindset David Didau: what if Everything I knew about Education wasContinue reading “Action Research – Metacognition Part 1”

Improving my Teaching of Grammar

I set myself a challenge this term to improve my teaching of grammar in order to help students develop their understanding and analysis skills. I have found every year, by the time my students reached GCSE, they are struggling to identify the basic word classes like nouns and verbs when analysing writer’s craft. So, IContinue reading “Improving my Teaching of Grammar”

Revision techniques for the classroom

We all know the feeling when it gets to exam season; the students have covered everything and we’re all tired.  Over the years, thanks to some fab colleagues, amazing books and Twitter I’ve managed to collect a good 10 “spiced up” revision techniques to use and adapt for all subject areas. I’ll list these belowContinue reading “Revision techniques for the classroom”

Reflections of the last year back as an English Teacher

In January 2015, I took a big leap of faith and left the job I loved as an AST in English and moved to a different school without my role. Why? Many reasons, some personal, some not but ultimately after 7 years in the same school working my way from NQT to head of MediaContinue reading “Reflections of the last year back as an English Teacher”

Carnegie Medal Short list, book two: The Lies We Tell Ourselves

Second day, second book, which tells me straight away I must have enjoyed it as this was slightly longer than Fire Colour One. This fiction story of Sarah and a group of 9 other black children who are the first to be integrated into a Virginia school is both painful and insightful. I particularly likedContinue reading “Carnegie Medal Short list, book two: The Lies We Tell Ourselves”

Carnegie Medal book review 1: Fire Colour One

   So, I’m sat on a beach in the Dominican Republic, enjoying my Easter break and have swallowed up the first of the Carnegie short list. I felt I wanted to record a short review of the ones I read for several reasons: the main one being how blown away I was by the beautyContinue reading “Carnegie Medal book review 1: Fire Colour One”