Category Archives: Reflections

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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New Challenges

Last year I made resolutions for the new school year and reviewed them at the end of it. This year’s resolutions look a bit different; I received such an avalanche of quality, inspirational insetin July that I had a list … Continue reading

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End of Year Reflection

In September I made some new year’s resolutions for school, and now seems like a good time to review my progress against them. 1. Less writing I think this was a win. It didn’t look like I expected, but my … Continue reading

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Should we allow children to fail?

I saw this question flash across my screen briefly from Twitter yesterday, but lacked the time to follow the responses. I’ve been watching the growing #purpos/ed debate with acute interest, but unsure of what voice I had to add. Until … Continue reading

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New Year’s Resolutions

New school year, that is. 1. Less writing. I was going to make the big leap of saying one lesson per timetable cycle (1 in 3 for KS3; 1 in 5 for KS4/5) was going to be an active, non-traditional … Continue reading

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