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Rosenshine Masterclass Captured. Free CPD!

In response to demand for my workshops and masterclasses on Rosenshine’s Principles of Instruction, I’ve recorded a screen capture of me talking through the slides I use for my one-day events. The slides are available here I have posted the links on youtube in a playlist that can be found here: There is 2 1/2 … Continue reading

Setting work for a long-haul shut-down.

With a national school shutdown about to happen most schools will already be well into thinking through how to keep the learning going for what could be several weeks; perhaps the whole summer term.    For GCSE and A level classes there’s a huge question about how exams will be managed  – that’s an issue … Continue reading

A model for the learning process. And why it helps to have one.

One of the most powerful ideas I’ve engaged with recently is using a diagram to visualise a shared model of the learning process; using it to get a feel for how learning works in general but also to identify reasons for why it can sometimes not happen.   This is the diagram I have in … Continue reading

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

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