Teaching: Fun and games

I enjoyed a discussion yesterday following on from this post from Tom Rogers and Mr Hodges. As is so often the case, when you start talking about something you realise you agree far more than you disagree but it still got me thinking about different understandings of “fun” in the classroom. When I began teaching,…

A Remote Chance of Learning

Over the last couple of days Lord Andrew Adonis, Labour peer in the House of Lords and former Schools Minister under Tony Blair, has been raising eyebrows with a series of tweets on how he believes schools should be setting work during the lockdown. Yesterday he announced he was talking to former head of Ofsted,…

A Thank You Letter to Teachers and Support Staff

At a time when some deranged commentators, from the comforts of their arm chairs and ivory towers, seem determined to take aim at what schools and teachers are doing in the midst of an unprecedented global pandemic, Zoe Enser writes a thank you letter to all those who work in schools. There is no getting…

Experiential Learning in the Classroom

Elements of experiential learning theory (ELT) and of other constructivist learning theories were popular in the early years of my teaching (2003 onwards). The reading that dominated my initial teacher training was from and about Piaget, Freire and Vygotsky and Dale’s Cone of Learning often dominated early Continuous Professional Development sessions in school. Experiential learning…

Remote Learning: Impossible Desires

In Teach Like Nobody’s Watching I argued that the process of teaching something, when you strip it back, is remarkably simple. If you watch anyone from children to experienced professionals teach you see the same things: recap of what you think they already know, give them some new information or instruction, get them to try…

Reflections on a Career

In her latest post Zoe Enser (@GreeboRuner) reflects on 20 years in the classroom as she heads off to new adventures. To those who have just opened this up to have a quick read I offer my apologies; this is not going to be a short and pithy blog I’m afraid. You see, although Christmas…