Great Explainers – The Met Office

At the heart of Geography is a desire to understand the world. In order to do so we need to make sure that we have a very good understanding of the complex processes that underpin the our dynamic planet. Many of these processes are hard for children to grasp and we often use a lot…

The tears of a clown

A recent piece in TES, (25 traits that make a perfect teacher) which revealed what pupils say they value in a teacher, raised some eyebrow. They say that… Funny: that’s what students want you, their teacher, to be. And they don’t just want you to have a joke in your teaching toolbox to provide some…

Do detentions work?

  There has been much talk this weekend about detentions; much of it revolving around an advert from a well known free school who are looking for a “director of detentions”. One interesting strand from these debates has been this one started by Paul Garvey (@PaulGarvey4) who claimed – repeatedly – that detentions “do not…

Model Live

This is my post for the Heathfield Community College Teach/Share blog. A great way of encouraging collaboration and the sharing of good practice across a school and beyond. “As teachers, it is our responsibility to show students how to use and manipulate their knowledge, to form end products and, just as importantly, to ensure that…

Why we can’t have a fun lesson today

This scene has played out at the door to my classroom day after day for years. Surly youth: Are we having a fun lesson today? Me: No. We are doing Geography. It isn’t meant to be fun. It is meant to be rigorous. It is meant to be hard. It is going to challenge you…