Visible Learning, SOLO Taxonomy and Lego

How can you get through to the top students that they need to take more risks in their work, while at the same time...

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...

Revision Clocks

One of the most useful tips to come out of the recent TeachMeet event at Vyners School was a really simple resource to help...

Growth Mindset: What to say, what not to say…

Growth Mindset is a cultural shift - Here's how to shift students from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset, by subtle changes in...

Question Frames

One recurrent theme throughout a lot of my recent posts has been the use of questioning. In no small part is this a result...

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...

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...

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...

WWIDD: Reflective Questioning

Albert Einstein remarked that the definition of insanity was ‘doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.’ And yet students...

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...

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