Supporting Working Memory in the English Classroom

In her latest post Zoe Enser, @GreeboRunner, considers what we can do to teach in a way that supports a child’s working memory. Those of you who know me professionally will know that research, especially in relation to the workings of the memory and cognitive science, is something which gets me really excited. It will…

Here comes the science bit…

In her latest post Zoe Enser (@GreeboRunner) considers how knowing how we learn, and knowing the barriers to learning, might help our pupils to study more effectively. Shifting Student’s Thinking Through Research Yesterday I caught myself saying something really interesting to one of my students: ‘Stop colouring in the page with your highlighter as you…

ADHD – The Rosenshine Method

In her latest post, Zoe Enser (@GreeboRunner) explores how direct instruction approaches can support pupils with ADHD and others with limitations in working memory. I recently had the opportunity to attend a CPD session on ADHD delivered by our area Ed. Psych. This is a condition which I encounter on a daily basis and is…

Metacognition and Self-Regulation in the Classroom

In her latest guest post, Zoe Enser (@GreeboRunner), Director of Improvement & CPD and English teacher, explores how the principles of the EEF’s guidance report on metacognition and self-regulation looks in the English classroom. Metacognition and self-regulation are without a doubt some of the latest buzz words in education. The 2018 EEF report on this…

Taking off the Stabilisers

Wobbling our way to Independence This is a guest post from Zoe Enser (@GreeboRunner) Director of CPD and Improvement at Seahaven Academy. Let me take you back to the summer of 1970 something. It was my seventh summer and, much to my parent’s growing frustration, I was still inexplicably unable to ride my bike without…

What does learning sound like?

Caveat alert! The following is based on my context as a secondary school Geography teacher.  I have had some interesting discussions recently about noise in classrooms. The question often centres on whether pupils should work in silence. As is so often the case the discussion quickly becomes polarised despite the fact that neither side actually advocates…

Building Independence 

At our school, we build our idea of excellent teaching and learning around four pillars. The first two, challenge and feedback, are fairly uncontroversial but the other two, engagement and independence, sometimes raises eyebrows. I think this is because the two terms get so misused in education out of a desire to make everything something…