Why you should limit writing exercises

Why you should limit writing exercises

June 12, 2018

Students need to be given more opportunities to write and to write more. An easy exercise to encourage more writing is to encourage free writing time, but for many students a blank page and complete freedom can be paralysing.

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Learning From Finnish Schools

Learning From Finnish Schools

June 05, 2018

In September, Catherine and I will be travelling to Finland as part of a Teacher Professional Development Study Tour. The purpose of the trip is to see how Finland has consistently maintained its position at the top of the PISA scale for education.

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How to use the Blue Book to write what you want to say

How to use the Blue Book to write what you want to say

May 29, 2018

When it comes to writing an assignment, many students know what they want to say, but struggle with finding the right words to put their ideas down on paper. How to write what you want to say…. a.k.a the blue book gives students a place to start.

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What sort of teacher are you?

What sort of teacher are you?

April 16, 2018 2 Comments

When you attend Professional Development, what sort of teacher are you?

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How to write a 1000 words about a picture

How to write a 1000 words about a picture

March 12, 2018

For many students, especially those who own their own smart phone, expressing themselves through pictures, gifs or emojis will be second nature. But how adept are they at writing about visual images? 

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Helpful resources for teaching Cognitive Verbs

Helpful resources for teaching Cognitive Verbs

February 26, 2018

There is plenty of interest in the new senior syllabus and its cognitive verbs. While cognitive verbs is the new term, the concepts are old friends to teachers and students using Pat’s Posters or the How To Write What You Want To Say… book series.

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The two questions students should answer every lesson

The two questions students should answer every lesson

February 05, 2018 1 Comment

As a teacher you put a lot of time and effort into preparing lessons, but do your students actually know why they are doing what they are doing?

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Why you should encourage students to read the same book again and again

Why you should encourage students to read the same book again and again

January 28, 2018 1 Comment

While re-reading may test out a parent’s patience, this practice is very beneficial and should be encouraged in our schools.

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How to avoid becoming the tired teacher

How to avoid becoming the tired teacher

January 08, 2018

Being productive isn’t about being the most organised or disciplined person. It’s about making small lifestyle changes. With the new school year about to start, here are three things you can do to stop yourself from being overwhelmed and exhausted by week six.

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Three tips to improve classroom engagement

Three tips to improve classroom engagement

December 01, 2017

The Visible Learning for Literacy workshop materials is based on the findings of thousands of researchers to help teachers find the Holy Grail of learning and teaching.

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The building blocks that help students write effectively

The building blocks that help students write effectively

November 13, 2017

As a teacher it can be easy to get caught up in the daily challenges and forget that we DO make a difference to students’ learning.

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How to stop giving some students an unfair advantage

How to stop giving some students an unfair advantage

November 02, 2017

Whilst we are on the topic of inequitable practices, it is worth stopping and thinking about how we question students. 

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