The problems with observations

We can learn a lot by observing others can’t we? At some point over the last couple of weeks I have found myself in a few conversations about lesson observations. As someone who has often benefitted from feedback after being observed, and someone who has often benefitted from watching others teach, I was surprised at…

Targeting… what?

It doesn’t seem very long ago that “pupils should know their target grade and how to get there” was an article of faith. For the first decade of my teaching I was told that this was absolutely critical and that not an OFSTED inspector in the land would miss the opportunity to jump on little…

A glimpse inside

  Early on in my teacher training, before we had gone into our placements, I remember asking “How do you work out what to put in a lesson?”. We had spent a lot of time talking about differentiation, assessment for learning, behaviour management, but as far I could recall no one seemed to have talked…

Workload – Spreading us too thin

I am old, Gandalf. I don’t look it, but I am beginning to feel it in my heart of hearts. Well-preserved indeed! Why, I feel all thin, sort of stretched, if you know what I mean: like butter that has been scraped over too much bread. That can’t be right. I need a change, or…

Targeting Teachers 

Twitter is a funny thing. Usually you (or at least, I) send out a thought which sparks a bit of a discussion, gets a few likes, might be retweeted and then it moves. Once in a while though something seems to capture people’s imagination and one has to turn off notifications and have a quiet…

Scaffolding -creating and sharing criteria

We have been thinking a lot about scaffolding recently. How do we best ensure that all pupils can achieve the same outcomes and that these outcomes are excellent? One method we use to achieve this is the creating and sharing of success criteria. My Year 8 class were completing an assessed piece of work at…

It’s just a job?

Last week’s twitter #SLTChat on wellbeing seems to have resonated with many – especially this tweet by John Tomsett. ” Stephen Tierney has written about it in his post Teaching and Leadership Costs. I think John’s point is an excellent one. We spend far too much time working for it not to be a part…