We all have to accept that failing is a necessary part of learning. I believe that a student's mindset regarding failure affects their potential for improvement. For example, the student who views everything they do as practice or as a draft will keep coming back to improve and take more pleasure in the process. The … Continue reading Failure is essential
We keep forgetting: it’s improvement that counts. Not marking. Not grades. It's improvement that counts. Marking policies can easily miss the point because they often tell us how many times per term to mark, how many positives and how many next steps to write. You see it doesn’t really matter how you mark or how many next steps … Continue reading Make Time For Improvement
Taking the register is a great time to build rapport. It's easier just to blast through the register as fast as possible so you can get to the first activity but perhaps we're missing the point. I've seen great examples of teachers using the register as a hook for the lesson, … Continue reading Build Rapport With The Register
Why mark? Because you’re a teacher damn it and that’s what teachers do! Of course, nobody reads it and nobody ever acts on it and you’re only doing it because your boss says so… Do these words sound familiar because I’m willing to bet you’ve heard them many times before. What about being ‘OFSTED ready, … Continue reading Write On The Kids Work
I've been reading a great book by Daniel T. Willingham titled Why Don't Students Like School? It's fascinating for a number of reasons and I'm going to talk about just one of them in this post. 'Knowledge is power' - Francis Bacon It seems that old Bacon was on to something when he said that Knowledge is … Continue reading Too much thinking is a bad thing
Why do we assess our students? Most of us would say we do it to find out whether or not our students have learned something that we’ve taught them. We might ask a child a question, or give them a short test, or an exam past paper. But whatever form the test takes, the reason … Continue reading Ask The Kids A Question
Ask a question, get an answer, move on. Does that sound familiar? But is the first answer really the best answer? I don't think so. I tend to find that the first answer is rarely the best answer so I don’t accept it. My favourite response to the first answer is ‘anything else?’ and I … Continue reading Never accept the first answer!
From the point of view of a child sitting in your class, it’s probably quite important for them to see their teacher smiling and happy. The problem is that looking happy when you’re not happy is exhausting. But why are so many of us feeling so sad? Is it all the fault of government interventions, … Continue reading Make Time To Be Happy