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Tom Sherrington has written 626 posts for teacherhead

Re-reading Nuthall’s Hidden Lives of Learners. Insights from a classic.

“If we are to understand how teaching relates to learning, we have to begin at the closest point to that learning; and that is students’ experience.”  Nuthall. 2001.  Lots of people have written reviews of Graham Nuthall’s Hidden Lives of Learners  published posthumously in 2007.  It’s often cited as a must-read by conference speakers, including … Continue reading

7 Variables Between/Within Schools: Where are you on each scale?

I wrote a short thread on twitter this week outlining five key variables that I detect when I visit schools.  These are things that I’m struck by; things that I notice because the range is so wide.   It gained some interest and a request to write it up – so here it is.  I’ve extended … Continue reading

The @teacherhead Blog Amp #4

#4 1st Feb 2020 Full Name : Elliot Morgan. Twitter @name: @MorgsEd Blog Post Title: How can we assess knowledge? Blog url: https://mrmorgsthoughts.wordpress.com/2020/01/03/how-can-we-assess-knowledge/ Short blog description: What it’s about. (100 words max): This blog looks at assessing two different types of knowledge: substantive and disciplinary. It warns of a potential problem with focusing too heavily on … Continue reading

Top-down observation and feedback models are flawed. Time for change.

(NB This post does’t work if you can’t see the images/diagrams: ) Earlier this week I tweeted this short twitter thread: The more closely I work with teachers and schools/colleges, supporting CPD processes of various kinds, the more I realise just how woefully inadequate the standard ‘top-down drop-in and give feedback’ approach is.. I’m now … Continue reading

Collection of recent ideas for better teaching and better teacher development.

I’m going to write something soon about the process of teacher observation and feedback  and the way I see that moving forward.   Meanwhile, I’ve been writing a lot about the things I see from the perspective of an observer  – for teacher and for leaders.  Here’s a collection in case you missed any: Blogs … Continue reading

Deeper Learning for All: Five things to do more of.

A couple of weeks into term and, so far, I’ve had the privilege of observing 40 or more lessons.  I’ve seen lots of excellent lessons – it’s such a joy to be around when a teacher is doing great things; where you think how lucky these students are to be here in this room with … Continue reading

Curriculum Murmurations #2: Secondary Models Analysis. Compromises!!

This is the second in a series of posts about the direction of travel with curriculum thinking.  The introductory post is here: Curriculum Murmurations #1. Thoughts from 2019.    The image of a murmuration captures the sense of a system looking for direction with all the twists and turns and fluctuations. In this post I am … Continue reading

Solve Learning Problems at the Source: Start back with what they know and build. 

I have found that a very useful frame of reference for exploring teaching and learning is to think about the things students find difficult to do and then to work backwards analysing the reasons why.  Even if you are a great teacher, not all your students ace the test or produce exemplary work.  Why is … Continue reading

Schema-building: A blend of experiences and retrieval modes make for deep learning.

Learning is complicated so it can be useful to use conceptual models to help understand and discuss it. For me, a powerful concept is the idea that we organise ideas, knowledge, the things we learn, in patterns of connected information called schema.   Schema-building is at the heart of this diagram by Oliver Caviglioli for … Continue reading

The @teacherhead Blog Amp #3

#3 4th January 2020 Previously: The @teacherhead Blog Amp #1 The @teacherhead Blog Amp #2 Full Name : Dan Rodriguez-Clark    Twitter @name: @InteractMaths Blog Post Title: My Assumptions about Learning Blog url: https://www.interactive-maths.com/blog/my-assumptions-about-learning Short blog description: What it’s about. (100 words max): I take a look at the assumptions I have about learning to aid in Better Conversations. … Continue reading

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