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Teacher Tools. Five @teacherhead blogs about teaching for easy sharing.

This blog is a designed for easy sharing of some of the more popular recent blogs from this site to help teachers reflect on their practice and to access some key research papers. 1. Read the Research Teaching and Learning Research Summaries: A collection for easy access. This post links to several online pdfs that … Continue reading

The five forms of feedback I give to teachers most often…

In my work I have the privilege of being able to watch lots of teachers teach in a wide range of contexts.  I see lots of superb teachers and lots of great lessons.  Where I have constructive feedback to give, I find that there are a few common areas for improvement that come up time and … Continue reading

#FiveWays of Giving Effective Feedback as Actions

If teachers are going to have a significant impact with the feedback they give, it needs to lead to improved outcomes for students. I am increasingly convinced that feedback needs to be constituted  less in terms of a review of what has gone before and more in terms of very specific actions that students should … Continue reading

10 low impact activities to do less of – or stop altogether.

Teachers and leaders across the country do too many things that have unacceptably high ratios of time and effort relative to their impact and/or they are unjustifiable educationally.  Sometimes I think that the debate about workload is tinkering around the edges when actually we need much more fundamental change.  I also think that we need to … Continue reading

Just Teach!!

Featured Image: USC Rossier School of Education  Just Teach? What do I mean?  On my travels I see a lot of lessons where I find myself wanting to say this to the teacher.  Sometimes Just Teach! is the essence of my feedback. It has two meanings. 1. Keep it Simple: Just Teach means that you teach … Continue reading

Curriculum Building: Every step matters; know your role; make it count. e.g. Writing YR to Y11.

In the last few weeks I’ve had a lot of conversations with teachers and leaders in schools in challenging circumstances at both primary and secondary.  A common experience has been the difficult process of trying to build a coherent curriculum in a context of staff turbulence, curriculum reform and recruitment challenges. I’ve also worked with … Continue reading

A common lesson format. A structure, not a straitjacket.

In my previous school we devised a common format for lessons through staff discussion. The aim was to support the process of embedding certain behaviour routines and expectations and, perhaps more crucially, some pedagogical practices.  This week a Headteacher told me they had borrowed the idea so I thought I would share it again.  This … Continue reading

5 Teaching Fundamentals

Originally, this was set to be  five-post series, but the first two didn’t seem to bite – so I’m making things easier (better) by putting it all into one post. The five teaching fundamentals are aspects of effective teaching that I think are absolutely essential but are often things that I find I need to … Continue reading

Teaching Fundamentals 2: Be precise about what you want to be learned.

  This is the second instalment in a series on teaching fundamentals: aspects of teaching that are vital to get right, but are often areas for improvement. Something that I see quite often when observing lessons is that teachers throw a lot of ideas up into the air during their exposition or questioning without being … Continue reading

Primary Education is Extraordinary. What I learned in a day.

I recently spent a day visiting Tudor Court Primary School in Chafford Hundred, Essex, as part of a visit for a group of Chinese teachers. It’s a school I worked with last year –  led by the wonderful Phil Kyriacou.  It’s a four form entry school which allows visitors to get a sense of the … Continue reading

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