Yearly Archives: 2020

Learning Strategies in Remote Learning

The past 14 weeks have been an adjustment for us all. Trying to cope in this very unprecedented global pandemic has been a great...

Passive and Active Revision

Many, including me, have found a Thursday Night Virtual Quiz to be a regular way of spending an evening (and as a marker of...

Disciplinary Literacy

I’d recently put up a post about how the EEF stressed the importance of disciplinary literacy and its role in improving whole school literacy...

Headline: “Weak readers struggle more in maths than in English lit”

Further evidence of the importance of literacy on GCSE outcomes was published earlier this year with the conclusion that "Children who are weak readers...

Reflective Questioning

When getting students to REACT to a task, it is also worth considering getting them to REACT to their own thought process and what...

Teaching and Learning Resources

If you’re searching around to find teaching resources, a great place to investigate would be Mike Gershon’s extensive collection of free teaching ideas to...

Quick Marking Grid

An always useful resource for marking a class set of books is probably all the more useful at present when working through a set...

Stopping Cues

A couple of years ago I was mentoring a year 11 student during their EPQ about the effect of technology and mental health. One...

Topic sentences / subordinating conjunctions

Quick Grammar Lesson: (stick with it!)  Rule 1: A conjunction is a word that can join two sentences. I went to the shops. I bought a jacket....

A Novel Idea

There’s a line in Star Trek: Next Generation where a character decrees “You are free to execute your laws and your citizens as you...