CPD Matters

Often when I have been exploring CPD in blogs and discussions it comes from a point of view that teachers have been given a raw deal and leaders need to take charge of helping develop something meaningful and impactful and interesting for their team. Don’t worry, I’m not about to suddenly change tact, it is…

Imagining the Text

Using imagining as a Generative Learning Strategy in English Imagination is something which makes us quite unique in the animal kingdom. Much as I would like to imagine my little dog Badger going off on little adventures in his head, a bit like that old television show ‘Wishbone’ (look it up, it is really worth…

A Route into Learning

How routines helped me to get to the heart of learning Currently there seems to be quite a lot of discussion around behaviour in the profession. This might be related to the current covid situation, with uncertainty and changes in systems to try and create a safe environment adding to the pressure that all schools…

Teaching – A Generative Learning Strategy

Of the eight generative learning strategies discussed in Fiorella and Mayer’s work, teaching is the one I am most wary of. I think I have been stung from my experiences earlier in my career in which we were frequently told that pupils will always learn best from each other and should therefore be encouraged to…

Doing the Difficult

This post is a response to an interesting tweet and accompanying post by chemistry teacher Adam Boxer. In his post Shifting lines: does everything work somewhere, Boxer presents a compelling argument that it is not enough to say that a policy or intervention should be adopted simple because, if done well, it will work. Instead…

Defining Greg

Labelling, assumptions and self perception A few years ago, I was in the lucky position to be teaching a young man called Gregory. Greg, as Gregory was generally known, was an exceptionally high achieving student, eventually leaving my class with two grade 9s and a crop of similar from across the school. He has since…

What are we marking for?

For many years I just accepted it as my lot. I was an English teacher, so there was going to be reams of marking. It came with the territory. The jokes about how many evenings and weekends were spent under a never-ending pile of papers and books came thick and fast and we sort of…

The Adventure of the Unlocked Learning

I will be the first to admit I may have been reading too much Sherlock Holmes. 70 plus hours of his complete adventures on audible, read and forwarded so beautifully by Stephen Fry, is likely to put you in a certain frame of mind. However, even I surprised was surprised at my response to someone…