Category Archives: Reflections

The Knowledge

I’m coming clean now and admitting I thought the knowledge vs skills thing a false dichotomy (and an enormous distraction, but that’s for another time). This is a conclusion I came┬áto after spending a great deal of time mystified as … Continue reading

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2015: That was the year that was

2015 was an exceptionally busy work year, even for me. At school, I completed my first calendar year as Head of History. I oversaw a rise in the number of students opting for History GCSE, nearly launched a new A-level … Continue reading

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What’s still good about SOLO

I recently read this blog by Toby French, in which he shares the tale of his adventures with SOLO in the classroom and how he came to decide, at the end of it, that it was all castles in the … Continue reading

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#12JoysofTeaching – Day 2

There’s a nice thread of positivity going on Twitter at the moment, tagged the #12joysofteaching, and brainchild of Claire Lotriet. There are daily prompts; today’s is inspiring, memorable teachers. I couldn’t squeeze that into 140 characters, so here are mine. … Continue reading

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Behaviour Management Musings

I responded to a tweet from @GuardianTeach about managing classroom behaviour today. I got a lot of retweets and several disagree-ers, most of whom seemed to read my tweet and make enormous generalisations about my other views on behaviour at … Continue reading

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New Marking Methods #2

This was for KS3. I had a go, in February, at an oral assessment with my year 9s for the Holocaust. I used this blog post as my inspiration and Richard was kind enough to look over some of my … Continue reading

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New Marking Methods #1

I have been trying out some new assessment methods with my classes in the last couple of terms. This is partly a result of changes in the way I have taught some things, and partly due to wanting my feedback … Continue reading

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