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Pedagogy Postcard #20: The abstract-concrete connection

A series of short posts about specific elements of teaching practice that I think are effective and make life interesting. Some are based on my own lessons and others are borrowed from lessons I’ve observed. There’s a tipping point in many subject areas when the learning moves beyond the territory of tangible ideas, objects and … Continue reading

Pedagogy Postcard #19: Pitching It Up

A series of short posts about specific elements of teaching practice that I think are effective and make life interesting. Some are based on my own lessons and others are borrowed from lessons I’ve observed. I’ve written elsewhere about the Anatomy of High Expectations and the idea of acceleration through depth not speed. Teaching to … Continue reading

Pedagogy Postcard #18: Problem Solving: Playing Detective

A series of short posts about specific elements of teaching practice that I think are effective and make life interesting. Some are based on my own lessons and others are borrowed from lessons I’ve observed. Exploring; Finding out It’s a common decision teachers have to make as to whether there is a value in setting … Continue reading

Pedagogy Postcard #17: Exemplar Essays

A series of short posts about specific elements of teaching practice that I think are effective and make life interesting. Some are based on my own lessons and others are borrowed from lessons I’ve observed.   As a physics teacher I don’t have to deal with essays directly except for A level research coursework.  But … Continue reading

Pedagogy Postcard #16: Learning the language of learning

A series of short posts about specific elements of teaching practice that I think are effective and make life interesting. Some are based on my own lessons and others are borrowed from lessons I’ve observed.   This post is about the need to give students the basic  vocabulary and linguistic tools to communicate about the concepts … Continue reading

Pedagogy Postcard #15: Co-construction teams: Sidekicks

A series of short posts about specific elements of teaching practice that I think are effective and make life interesting. Some are based on my own lessons and others are borrowed from lessons I’ve observed. It’s an extraordinary human phenomenon that people will step up to the plate when circumstances dictate that they are needed … Continue reading

Pedagogy Postcard #14: I teach it; you teach it back

A series of short posts about specific elements of teaching practice that I think are effective and make life interesting. Some are based on my own lessons and others are borrowed from lessons I’ve observed. This is a tried and tested method that scores well in the Hattie effect-size rankings.  It’s a process with a … Continue reading

Pedagogy Postcard #13: Open-Ended Tasks.

A series of short posts about specific elements of teaching practice that I think are effective and make life interesting. Some are based on my own lessons and others are borrowed from lessons I’ve observed. In this post I want to suggest that open-ended tasks can play an important role in creating opportunities for students … Continue reading

Pedagogy Postcard #12: Blending content with assessment

A series of short posts about specific elements of teaching practice that I think are effective and make life interesting. Some are based on my own lessons and others are borrowed from lessons I’ve observed.   The idea of teaching to the test is often referred to as a being a limiting, narrowing aspect of … Continue reading

Pedagogy Postcard #11: Online Class Forum. Edmodo et al

A series of short posts about specific elements of teaching practice that I think are effective and make life interesting. Some are based on my own lessons and others are borrowed from lessons I’ve observed.   Ever since I started using twitter I’ve kept an eye on the edtech thread, impressed and slightly overawed by the … Continue reading

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