Looking both ways

The last week of term is always an odd affair. I find the time rushes by as I try to get as much done as possible to set up for the next year; all the while dodging around the break down in the normal routines as trips, sports events and various activities take over. In…

An engaging post

There is an understandable antipathy in some education circles around the word “engagement”. For a long time it was used in sentences like: “You need to plan engaging lessons to prevent bad behaviour” “Make sure you plan engaging activities” “Make sure you engage pupils by making the lesson relevant to their lives” etc etc. The…

Revision, assessment and the lies we tell.

In December I wrote a short piece for TES suggesting that schools should stop laying on after school and holiday revision sessions for pupils (Schools must say “no” to out of hours revision, for the good of the profession). My argument was based on applying the economic model of common resources, put forward by Hardin,…

Developing subject knowledge

A recent blog by Tom H (@GeographyTom9) on Why Subject Knowledge Matters made me think about how we treat teacher subject knowledge in our profession. I’m not convinced we give it the attention it deserves. Tom points out that subject knowledge adds texture to a lesson – it gives the details. It varies hugely by…

Teachers: Simply the best

I have recently been rereading Fergal Roche’s book Mining for Gold¬†.¬†This book is a reflection on the teachers he has encountered through his life, as a student, teacher, consultant and parent, and his reflections on what has made them effective. It is a collection of little vignettes on teachers from across the decades and an…

(Not so) Splendid Isolation

Don’t want to wake up with no one beside me Don’t want to take up with nobody new Don’t want nobody coming by without calling first Don’t want nothing to do with you I’m putting tinfoil up on the windows Lying down in the dark to dream I don’t want to see their faces I…