Teacher Daniel Edwards, who uses iPads with his A-Level PE class, has reported the biggest improvement in his students' grades since he began teaching. He also comments on a record breaking set of GCSE results encountered at a Foundation in Cambridge after they implemented a 1:1 learning programme. This provides a great source of encouragement for adopters of the tablet into their lessons. I should state from the outset I’m ...
Dyslexia is defined as a disability in the Equality Act 2010. Essentially, it affects reading, spelling, writing and numeracy, and students often process information slowly and have poor short term memory. As a teacher you work closely and directly with students, delivering lessons and making observations. If you have identified that a student in your class is dyslexic, you can easily adjust your teaching methods by using classroom aids to support ...
An expert in using Google Docs for teaching, Susan Oxnevad demonstrates the versatility of Google Forms by showing us how to embed a YouTube video and an image, as well as create a self-grading quiz and an 'exit ticket'. These features are very useful for both student-led research and to test students' knowledge of a topic. The Google Docs form is an efficient tool for teaching and learning because it ...
If you have a kid of your own who reads, where does he/she sit when reading at home? Everywhere and anywhere is the answer. They lay on the floor, they slouch on a sofa or sit upside down on a sofa hanging over the arm. They don’t of their own volition sit at a desk or table. Why? Because, duh, it’s not comfortable! If you want kids ...
What is the most important change you can make to your BYOD programme? For Principal Eric Sheninger, it was doing away with writing out a user name and password for every student who wanted to gain access to the network. Together with good policies and infrastructure, he argues, trust and respect for students is vital for a successful BYOD strategy. My first ever post on the topic just provided a ...
Over the last couple of years, Deputy Head and Geography teacher Chris Woodcock has been trying to develop strategies to support and challenge the low ability students he teaches. Being a content heavy subject, these students struggle to recall the knowledge required to answer exam questions effectively, and as a result, they have been missing out on valuable marks. With this in mind, Chris wanted to develop a quick and ...
The performance management process is starting in most schools over the next few weeks. It’s a crucial time for senior leaders who are responsible for performance related pay (PRP) - they need to be ready to make it clear to their colleagues what targets they will be measured against, and what they need to do in order to achieve a pay award in autumn 2014. It sounds simple, but in ...
Lesson observation takes place with varying degrees of regularity, robustness and clarity of process. The key question is: does it actually make any difference to the observed teacher's practice and subsequent impact on learners' progress? Evidently, this will depend on the quality of the observer, the observation and the nature of the 'feedback' shared. Nevertheless, we can make some general observations. The ups and downs to conventional lesson observation Straightforward ...
Classroom layout plays a major role in the behaviour of students: how much they focus on the teaching, and whether they will work more individually or in groups. Teachers often begin the school year with a specific layout; however, during the year, changes are made to meet different learning objectives. There are numerous seating arrangement designs to choose from, so the common query is normally, 'Which layout would work best ...
SOLO evangelist Lisa Ashes has a new method for students to observe their progress in lessons. Using her Year 12 English class as an example, she asks 3 questions to each pupil, who after reviewing their answers, appreciate how deeper methods of exploration help them acquire a different perspective and achieve a higher level of understanding. The way that I create a meta cognitive wrapper is by carefully creating three questions that ...
Whether you’re about to invest in visualisers for your classroom, or already have one and are looking for new ways to use it, here is the fourth article in our series looking at maximising the effectiveness of visualisers across different subjects. Here we are looking at music, arts, crafts and design classes. Below you will find practical tips on using visualisers to help pupils explore their creativity: Music lessons ...
We often hear how music is not regarded as a core academic subject and as such will never be attributed as much importance as, for example, Maths and English. Despite being a music graduate myself, and subsequently a professional musician, I also agree that core subjects should certainly be given more priority in schools. So given that background, which is unlikely to change, I believe it’s important to find ...

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