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Pedagogy Postcard #10: Personal Projects

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. One of the aspects of the curriculum that I love are the opportunities students have to pursue their own ideas … Continue reading

Pedagogy Postcard #9: Group Work

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. Talking about group work in teaching as a defined ‘thing’ that could be useful, useless, a waste of time or … Continue reading

Pedagogy Postcard #8: Big Picture – Small Picture:

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.  (NB, I’m a stickler for saying ‘dissect’ as in disperse, disappear and dissipate; not rhyming with bisect. That’s the true meaning.  We … Continue reading

Pedagogy Postcard #7: Learning by Heart and Drilling

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 a recent post I’ve described the value of Learning by Heart and the work some of my KEGS colleagues … Continue reading

Pedagogy Postcard #6: Modelling: Showing how it’s done.

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. Modelling is a core element of good teaching but one that I often feel could be developed further.  There are two … Continue reading

Pedagogy Postcard #5: Expert Knowledge: Yours and theirs

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 are several kinds of expert knowledge that we have as teachers, including: Specialist knowledge of the subjects we teach. … Continue reading

Pedagogy Postcard #4: Working in silence.

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 particular kind of learning atmosphere that I love to create every so often to inject some real purposefulness … Continue reading

Pedagogy Postcard #3: Live exemplars; iPads and visualisers

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 Pedagogy Postcard is about using a visualiser or ipad to capture students’ work as they are doing it, to share … Continue reading

Pedagogy Postcard #2: Learning Objectives vs 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. Very often, in the busy flow of every day school life, although I have an overarching idea of the broad … Continue reading

Pedagogy Postcard #1: Dialogic Questions

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 are lots of ways of asking questions.  Previously I’ve written about: Probing Questions: http://headguruteacher.com/2013/01/22/great-lessons-1-probing-questions/ Think-Pair-Share: http://headguruteacher.com/2012/07/17/the-washing-hands-of-learning-think-pair-share/ And there are lots … Continue reading

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