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