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Managing management: a couple of tips and tricks for better behaviour

I used to really struggle with behaviour. There would be routine periods of my lessons where I just didn't have control. Majority of students not working. Kids wandering around to have a chat. Paper airplanes. You know the drill. It's... Continue Reading →

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Thinking, Pairing and Sharing – good use of time?

I was recently discussing the use of a Think, Pair, Share (TPS) with a colleague. It does what it says on the tin: you pose a question or a text and have students first think about it, then pair up... Continue Reading →

All the SLOP you need

I have finally finished updating my booklets. The page where I used to keep them got a bit messy so I'm starting a new one here. In terms of changes, I have fiddled the sequencing on a bunch of them,... Continue Reading →

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The generic and the disciplinary: finding a balance

Yesterday, I posted a blog arguing that "teaching and learning" is dead. It generated some really fascinating conversations online, and I wanted to pick up on something a couple of people raised: it may be the case that curriculum comes... Continue Reading →

Teaching and Learning is Dead

We've all been there: formal observation with a non-specialist. Being told that our AfL was sub-par, that our activities weren't engaging enough, that we hadn't appropriately differentiated for SEN, EAL, PP, G&T, HPA, LPA etc etc. It's incredibly frustrating to... Continue Reading →

Modelling Curricular Thinking: Inspired by Ben Ranson

I was just settling in for a well-earned evening playing video games on my laptop when I saw this thread by Ben Ranson: https://twitter.com/ThatBenRanson/status/1092498480445227009 The reason why Ben's thread is important is because it models curricular thinking. Most of us... Continue Reading →

Core and hinterland: What’s what and why it matters

In 1918, the Nobel Prize for Chemistry was awarded to a war criminal. In the early years of the 20th century, German scientist Fritz Haber developed a process to artificially synthesise ammonia, a vital component of agricultural fertilisers. A reaction... Continue Reading →

The molecular Biology of a PGCE course – Dr Andrew Carroll

Below is Dr Andrew Carroll's ¬†contribution to the Curriculum in Science Symposium. See here for the introduction to the symposium and links to other contributions. In this brief paper I will attempt to illustrate how, in my role as a... Continue Reading →

Diiferentiation is well-intentioned. But it is bankrupt – Guest Post

The below was sent to me by a friend who wishes to remain anonymous for fear of ramifications if their senior leaders see it. Please read, enjoy, and show them some support.¬† *** Humans are intentional beings. We want things... Continue Reading →

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