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Golden Silence

There's something magical about a silent classroom. Students are focused, heads are down, pens are busily scratching away. Participation Ratio is high, and you can almost feel the learning in the room. It's not so easy to achieve though, and... Continue Reading →

Would you like to sign this open letter? Agitation for exam reform is inappropriate at this time of instability for schools

Dear teachers and school leaders. We are all exhausted. We’ve had two years of incredible instability and cannot wait to get the ship steady and have a period of (relative) plain-sailing. There are a number of people / groups using... Continue Reading →

Engagement is not a dirty word

This is my first blog in a while. Apologies for that; as well as struggling a bit with school stuff this year, I've been working on a couple of big projects, one of which you can read about here. If... Continue Reading →

The power of “by”

Quick heads-up: this blog uses a lot of technical jargon that you may be unfamiliar with. The jargon springs from the work of Doug Lemov and Paul Bambrick-Santoyo, and if you wish to know more, there is a great summary... Continue Reading →

Inside my “classroom” part deux

A little while back I published a blog where I had collected some of the videos I made for Oak during the first Lockdown. Those videos are no longer available, but people seemed to enjoy the post and I got... Continue Reading →

The magical lesson rolodex

We did a lot of "reflecting" while I was training to teach. This was often an individual activity - reflecting on a lesson or a training session or whatever - but we also had group reflections, where all the PGCE... Continue Reading →

Cutting workload – a couple of ideas

There isn't a huge amount of slack in your average teacher's day. There's always a lot to do in a job that generally seems to be moving too fast. Teachers work long hours, and though things have improved over the... Continue Reading →

Sir! I know this! Sir! Sir!

The scene is familiar. The student, frankly hopping out of their seat, arm stretched aloft and flapping like a leaf caught in a cobweb during a coastal storm. A tortured simile, but you probably get the point – it’s familiar,... Continue Reading →

Multiple Choice vs. Short Answers: who wins?

I wrote a blog for Carousel about multiple choice questions and short answer questions that I think regular readers will potentially find interesting even if they aren't using Carousel for their retrieval practice. Do read, and remember that feedback is... Continue Reading →

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