Tomorrow I have my first lesson observation since becoming involved with twitter and blogging. The night before an observation I am usually a wreck. If I am not stressing about the activities I have planned, then I am worrying that I haven’t catered for the more able or the SEND students. Have I used my […]Read More Has Twitter calmed my Observation Nerves…
Since embracing Twitter as a CPD source I have made many adjustments to my teaching techniques. This post reflects on my first half term using 4 key techniques and what I plan to do next. SOLO – Structure of Observed Learning Outcomes I have been using SOLO as a way of structuring success criteria. Every […]Read More Reflections on first half term using SOLO, #RAG123, DIRT & Takeaway Homework
There are two areas of my practise that I have always struggled to tackle sufficiently, marking and homework. I have talked a little about my new approach to marking here. To sum up I am marking my books every day using Kevin Lister’s #RAG123 system. I am planning to blog about this in more detail […]Read More A New Approach to Homework
Every year since becoming a teacher I have looked forward to the 6 weeks summer holiday. The only true holiday a teacher gets as the rest are taken up with marking and planning, filing and reorganising. The summer holiday is the only one where I truly get to relax and completely switch off from work. […]Read More New Term, New Strategies, New Me!
In this post I will outline my preliminary research findings from my investigation into using SOLO taxonomy as a framework for peer and self assessment. I will provide a brief overview of how the research was carried out before summarising the findings. In my school we start teaching the science GCSE course (21st century science) […]Read More Preliminary SOLO Research Findings
In 2010 I was given the opportunity to complete a part-funded Masters in Education through my current school. Despite being in my first year as a Director of Student Development (Head of Year to anyone outside my school!) I jumped at the chance. In my first two years on the programme I chose to focus […]Read More How and Why I got into SOLO taxonomy.
I’ve spent a lot of time over the last few months reading other people’s blogs, sharing their good practise and fantastic ideas for the classroom. I decided it was about time that I joined them. I am already sharing my successes within the science department at school and, to a certain extent, with the rest […]Read More Journey to Outstanding