A Chemical Orthodoxy

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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 →


Scene: it is 3.02pm and 8Sc2 have been working well throughout the double lesson. The bell goes at 3.05pm Teacher: ok year 8, well done today. In a minute we are going to pack up and stand behind our chairs,... Continue Reading →

What knowledge matters? Being realistic about gaps and recovery

I delivered some CPD tonight on recovery curriculums that I thought I'd post here. I'm flat out of energy so my annotations here are limp at best. Sorry in advance. Still, might be helpful. In advance of the session I... Continue Reading →

Hello Trello: Supercharge your school organisation

I'm not a particularly organised person. I forget things, misplace things and often take on more things than I can actually reasonably handle. I'm not exceptional in that regard, in fact I think I'm fairly typical, and until I went... Continue Reading →

Some top tips for making teaching videos

As a school, we've decided to spend time this term making teaching videos. There are two reasons for this: it will help our students who aren't in school and generally prepare everyone in the event of a school closerit's a... Continue Reading →

My CPD videos

The last few months have been pretty diabolical for me professionally, but one of few good things to come of this whole Covid mess has been the proliferation of free online CPD. The CPD circus is a market in need... Continue Reading →

The woods and the trees: breaking Rosenshine

Rosenshine is everywhere. And with good reason. As a basic primer for how to do Explicit Instruction, nothing is better. The paper is short, but jam-packed with good stuff about teaching and learning - good stuff which has been notably... Continue Reading →

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