A New Use for Desks!

By S Dyer I tried this out with my year 12 sociology class today after seeing it online. They had a question where they had to...

Where have all the students’ questions gone?

In my quest to better understand the nature of effective questioning I’ve become more acutely aware of the scarcity of times when insightful questions...

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...

‘Pre-Assessment’ or ‘What do you already know?’

I think most teachers will agree that some of the most satisfying moments in the classroom happen when students bring something personal or original...

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...

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