Geography: It’s a piece of cake

Last night brought the first episode of a new season of The Great British Bake Off and with it much excitement. I love the show. I like the safeness, the comfort, the niceness. It is completely unchallenging. I also like the online reaction to it. The choosing of heroes and villains, the memes, snarky comments…

Teaching: It doesn’t have to be complicated

My new book, Teach Like Nobody’s Watching, is due to be sent off to the printers any day now and should soon be winging its way out to teachers around the country. Sometimes people ask why some of us bother to write books about education; you make very little money from it and there isn’t…

The Dangers of Rosenshine

In her latest post, Zoe Enser (@GreeboRunner) considers the dangers of turning educational research into a tick-sheet of non-negotiables. I am a bit fan of Rosenshine’s Principles of Instruction. His work, especially the 2012 pdf which is flying around everywhere, provides a clear and precise toolkit for effective teaching. It also provides a shared language,…

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…

On The Right Track

How a knowledge rich curriculum has improved teaching and learning in the English classroom. This is a guest post from Zoe Enser (@GreeboRunner) Director of Improvement and CPD at Seahaven Academy and former Head of English. For years I was told that English teaching was unique in relation to other subjects. Yes, there was core…

Desirable but impossible

I am increasingly convinced that one the biggest problems we face in schools is a belief that because something is desirable it must be possible. I think we see this particularly when it comes to assessment, tracking and reporting. What do we want! I can completely understand that everyone would like to know what grade…

Building Schema to Make it Stick

This is a guest post from Zoe Enser (@GreeboRunner), Director of Improvement and CPD at Seahaven Academy. Building Schemas in the English Curriculum ‘But we did this last week!! How can you not remember?’ We hear ourselves say this with annoying regularity and the urge to sit and quietly sob at your desk almost can be almost overwhelming at the end of a long day, week or term. This repeated cycle…