Yearly Archives: 2017

Mind Maps – a great revision tool

By S Baker-Perkins If I asked you to think of a horse, what would you imagine? A brown horse? Black? Anyone have a 'My Little...

Focus on the questions that matter

I think it would be fascinating to do a school wide study into how many questions students are presented with in every lesson. Admittedly...

Hinge Questions: A Case for Closed Questions

Much talk about questioning in the classroom will focus on the dichotomy between closed questions being problematic and open questions as very much the...

Snakes, Ladders and Mark Schemes

I had recently written a post about the importance of understanding mark schemes and shared a tip about how to help students realise the...

Tip: Memorable Mark Scheme

In 1995 I was sitting my own GCSEs and two years later in 1997, my A-levels. At 6th form college I distinctly remember being...

Information vs Knowledge

What English teacher doesn’t like a good metaphor? In fact you could say the key to an English teacher’s heart is through a carefully...

Classroom Design: Considering the dynamics of desks

The image above, taken from a Victorian classroom, paints a very clear picture that whilst many aspects of education are unrecognisable from those of...

Are Kahoot quizzes just a bit of fun?

I have used Kahoot as a fun quiz technique in my lessons for some time, however a recent discovery of the analysis function in...