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Leaders putting #LearningFirst

How can school leaders develop partnerships that support inclusion- ways of adapting teaching to ensure all children’s learning is valued?

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Well, here we all are! #LearningFirst

I made my way to the #LearningFirst conference feeling a little nervous- my Twitter feed was filled with tweets of people heading here but I

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Frames of Mind

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been working with the Olive Grove teams @sheffcol: Motor Vehicle, Engineering and Electrical Engineering staff.

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The Best CPD… EVER!

We were asked, during one of the excellent workshops arranged by @iris_connect at the #ShapingCPD conference last week, to reflect on our best CPD experience. This was

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#ShapingCPD – Initial Reflections

A detailed blog will be on its way but in the meantime, here are some initial reflections. I duly accepted a Periscope challenge, set by my

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AfL in STEM Teaching MOOC Week 4

This week of the Assessment for Learning in STEM Teaching MOOC served as a really useful midpoint where videos of the course facilitators were used

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AfL in STEM Teaching MOOC Week 3

After the #ukfechat discussion with Dan Williams @FurtherEdagogy on being more evidence informed in relation to practice, I felt inspired to include more of this

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My Journey Through Google- Helen Hayes

One of the key attractions to starting at The Sheffield College was that the staff development team had already begun the journey towards Google. Since

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AfL in STEM Teaching MOOC- Week 2

Week 2 Intentional Dialogue This week was all about ways of promoting active discussion and thinking as well as carefully planning questions to lead to

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AfL in STEM Teaching MOOC- Week 1

After a tip-off from @sebschmoller, I was alerted to the start of this Future Learn MOOC lead by Dylan Wiliam and Christine Harrison. You can

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A Beacon of Light

I first worked with Sally in my first year of teaching- 2009. It was a class I’ve referenced in other posts and one I still

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A Grand Day Out

I’m a fan of Wallace and Gromit. A big fan. I love cheese and I have a grin a little like Wallace’s when I’m really

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Evaluating the Impact of CPD

Teachers’ Continuous Professional Development has been something I’ve been working at getting right for roughly the last three years. It’s something I’ll continue to try and

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Behaviour Forum

Monday 14th December 2015- just 1 week into the new job and I discovered there was an event for Sheffield Hallam trainees that was to

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#nurture1516

‘Time flies when you’re having fun’. I’m absolutely certain that it flies whatever is happening as somehow we’ve arrived at another new year and another

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Learning about CPD

It was earlier this year when a colleague (@S_Moakes) and I decided that it might be quite helpful to find out a bit more about

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Questions, Questions, Questions

Asking questions in class is a central part of teaching, learning and assessment. You should aim to ask challenging questions of students and they should

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Next Steps

‘I think if you do something and it turns out pretty good, then you should go do something else wonderful, not dwell on it for

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Learning Outcomes

This is a guide to writing and using learning outcomes effectively with students. Learning outcomes should describe what the student will be able to do once

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Starters and Plenaries

The starters and plenaries contained in this collection have each featured in my teaching over the last 7 years and are some of my favourites (they

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AoC Conference 2015

I was at the AoC conference this year to discover whether we’d won a Beacon Award for staff development- we did and you can read

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Top Tech Tools

I have long since been a fan of learning technologies. As a creative educator, technology is a magnet for people like me: it has the

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Just one learner…

A memory. 2009. I had just aced a microteach: instructional writing with the use of LEGO and paper planes.

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National Poetry Day LIVE!

Thank you to Eloise for being our fabulous photographer for the day! I spent the journey in to meet the students for our trip between

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CPD, but not as we know it

Our CPD Journey until now Over the last three years, I have been part of a team leading and facilitating CPD across Reading College. We’ve

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Starting the year- Day 1

“Don’t lower your expectations to meet your performance. Raise your level of performance to meet your expectations. Expect the best of yourself, and then do

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A humble abode

Somehow, another academic year is already upon us. Here’s an ode I wrote to my classroom three years ago. I cannot believe it’s been that

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#LTTO Module 7- Motivating and Engaging Students

Activities, assessment and resources are important but being able to facilitate and manage technologically inclusive learning- that’s the element that really brings it all together

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#LTTO Module 6- Online Resources

When you begin teaching online, you need to free yourself of the idea that you need to make everything yourself. This is module six of

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#LTTO Learning To Teach Online Q & A

I am currently completing a ‘learning To Teach Online’ MOOC with Coursera and it’s fabulous! Each week, our two course lecturers (Negin and Simon) respond

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#LTTO- Assignment 1: Selecting Technology

Learning Outcomes By completing this assignment, you will demonstrate your achievement of the following learning outcomes: Describe and understand the importance and use of a

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A new class website

As the academic year has drawn to a close and we look ahead to next year, most teachers will be evaluating the successes of the

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1 Year in…reflections

It’s almost 1 year into my leadership journey and I feel that calls for a reflective blog. Or perhaps the real reasons are that I had an

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#ReadTL15

In the second year of our Teaching & Learning conference, we managed to get things planned ahead of time- especially as I hadn’t decided I’d

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A new year: dive in!

Last week, learners began a short two week introduction into their A2 English course. They were required to watch a couple of videos and answer some

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A Few of My Favourite Things

This is a presentation that I first gave rather nervously at #TMOxford I then recorded this short MoveNote version for one of Rachel Jones’s TeachMeets,

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Online Presence and Digital Footprint

As the summer draws closer, thoughts of the teaching year ahead are ever-present; the excitement of a fresh start, a new beginning and also a continued

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Piktochart: Infographics

Recently, I’ve been dabbling with the use of Google Hangout for my ‘Pass It On CPD’ sessions at work. The first was on Piktochart. I

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Curriculum Transformation

The college I work for, like many other FE colleges and indeed schools too, have been exploring how the curriculum might be transformed for learners.

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Festival of Education 2015- Day 2

If you enjoyed or perhaps missed the Festival of Education and you’re free on Saturday 27th June, then you might be interested in attending #ReadTL15

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Sir Ken Robinson- Creative Schools

I apologise for the soundbite style for this and most of my other posts,. They’re really just my notes but hopefully they’ll give you an

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Professional Development: what works?

Working in a development role at College, this debate would be more than relevant for me. The debate was shared by Rod Bristow, from Pearson,

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The wonderful Hywel Roberts!

Hywel is someone I have seen speak before but I felt I needed an injection of his positivity and enthusiasm. I feel like many of

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Festival of Education 2015- Day 1

If you enjoyed or perhaps missed the Festival of Education and you’re free on Saturday 27th June, then you might be interested in attending #ReadTL15

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Career Colleges- Ruth Gilbert

Their portal contains best practice from the Colleges. Employer endorsement on everything! Guaranteed interviews etc. Preparing for the future involves qualifications but much more besides:

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Gillian Bridge-Resilience

Positive thinking Self-esteem Happiness Enriched environment Oxytocin Stimulation Feelings Sensitivity Mindfulness Empowerment All of these go in the bin! But she’s not setting fire to

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Dame Stella Rimington

Young people today are being pushed to work out their career pathway and start on it. She suggests that this leads to an unnecessary high

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#teacher5aday

So Martyn Reah began the #teacher5aday hashtag on Twitter in order to tackle the urgent need for staff working within education to focus more on

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#TwitteratiChallenge

So, the Twitterati challenge: AKA – This is amazing! It will radically change your life! Do not delete this blogpost! If you do not forward

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#TMReading

So this is REALLY late but here are my rather sketchy notes from #TMReading. It was one I was presenting at. It had been a

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Troubled Waters: assessment in the pool

I’ve recently, after more than 10 years, begun swimming regularly again- y’know- the kind of thing you do for yourself. I think some people call

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A Close Encounter of the Welsh Kind

‘The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon,

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Easter Reflections

On return to work tomorrow, I’ll be asking my learners to complete some short reflections on their Easter revision. We’ll discuss the other things they

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#TESFEAwards and #LFE15

At the end of an incredibly long week way back in February (!) came the #tesfeawards. It was a wonderful night to celebrate all that

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Revision

This year, I’ll be lucky enough to be away for the WHOLE of the Easter break: Sydney, here I come! I promise I’ll be back…probably!

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Learner Planned Lessons

Last term, my learners took it in turns to plan seminars and they became increasingly confident with this as they wrote challenging questions and imagined

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iPad Apps

I’ve been using my iPad for more than two years now but it took me most of that time to get beyond using it as a

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#TMOxford

Before Christmas 2014, I attended the most inspirational TeachMeet to date: one that really lived up to the reputation that TeachMeets have made for themselves

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