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Sketchnoting

I have recently been very taken by the visual display of key messages created by the likes of @sylviaduckworth

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Reflective Practice

The below presentation (click here to view a Google Slides version and download) comes from a guest slot I gave to a CIPD group today on ‘reflective practice.’

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My Management Journey Begins Here

I remember my first year in teaching very well indeed; it was filled with mistakes brought about by fear. I was a very worried fish

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#Nurture1415

So reading through last year’s #Nurture1314 post was certainly very interesting.  I’ve decided to make this one a little more meaningful. My wishes will not

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I live for magic moments

Presentations. One of those defining moments in any classroom. Who will have prepared within an inch of their lives? Who will somehow take to the

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#c6english: classroom creativity

So, it’s the start of a new academic year. In many ways, this will be the strangest and most challenging yet. In many other ways,

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What is TEEP? (Post 1)

I am officially ‘TEEP trained.’ That sounds more like a seedy confession than a declaration but it means that I have undertaken the first level

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Independent Thinking

A few months ago now, I managed to read Ian Gilbert’s (@ThatIanGilbert) ‘Independent Thinking’ on the train- on my iPad- on my Kindle app. Fiction

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The Perfect ICT Every Lesson

As luck would have it, my train journey time was doubled one evening last week. Ordinarily, this wouldn’t be at all ‘lucky’ and in fact,

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Help me teacher!

These are a few approaches that can help to prevent learners relying on us in the learning process. Of course, there are many times when

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Who am I? Am I who I think I am?

These were the questions I scrawled on a ‘what do you want to learn from today’s CPD session’ starter activity. Fairly philosophical questions, as questions

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A Summer of CPD

It has been a while (until the last few days) since I’ve blogged. This has been due to a number of factors; imminent change in

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My Google Journey

Just over one year ago, an assistant principal (Yousef Fouda) invited me to his office. As a perceived early adopter, he wanted to share the

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A New Year, A New Class Website

After several revamps, I have finally got my class Google site to where I want it. I am beyond proud of it! Mainly because it

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Times Education Festival 2014

Disclaimer (usually written at the bottom of a text but I’d like to be abundantly clear from the start): in no way will this writing

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We’re all busy bees!

I finally managed to sit at my desk and get some work done whilst at work today, after two full days of dashing elsewhere around

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ocTEL MOOC- Week 3

Week 3 – Materials & Platforms for Learning Technology Thank goodness it’s reading week, is all I can say! I have to admit that the

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ocTEL MOOC- Week 2

ocTEL Week 2- Learners and Learning Automatically, I was attracted by this week’s title. Once again, I found myself having to complete my tasks and

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ocTEL MOOC Week 1

Once again, I am having to catch-up on ocTEL on a Saturday. I’m sure there’ll be some point soon when I can get involved sooner/more

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ocTEL MOOC- Week 0

Over the next few weeks I am juggling several balls and trying to keep them all in the air at once. This includes the ocTEL

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A Journey to Remember: Auschwitz

Wednesday 30th April 2014 is a date I am certain to never forget. It’s not because of the early start. It isn’t because of the

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#PedagooLondon

The day of #PedagooLondon had arrived. Days like these, although wonderfully inspirational, do provide sufficient moments of trepidation for me. Yesterday, I almost bottled it.

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Mystery Books

Last week, I wrapped a whole bunch of books in brown paper. Every book had some connection to the novels being studied at present by

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Classroom Environment Updates

C6 is my retreat from the stresses of the job. I realised this week the extent to which the procrastination it provides, is able to

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The Elusive Grade One

I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while now and like many of my posts, it was published and then unpublished and then

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Writing Confessional

This is a lesson that creates an immersive environment for students and should be done in a class where the students trust one another and

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#nurture1314

The term is over and so is the teaching year. I wrote a ‘Top 10 of 2013‘ at the end of term but then I saw

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Level Ladder Display

I recently read and learnt more about levelling in the classroom. Being on Twitter, I am in regular contact with many teachers in schools and

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A Week with Ofsted

I wrote this 1 week ago: I have never had the inclination to blog on the wider issues relating to our job. I’ve never felt

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Tech Toolbox: Credly- Badges

I’ve been trying to focus this year on raising expectations in my classroom. I feel like it is much improved from last year and most

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RAG Rating

Recently, I’ve been required to ‘RAG rate’ my students on the College system. This means that a teacher can go into a student profile and

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A Love for Poetry is Born

I never loved poetry until I came to teach it. Before this point, I could endure some of it but it mostly bored me to

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Homeworkopoly becomes ‘Hanopoly’

For a while now, I’ve struggled to find the balance between giving students’ homework that was engaging yet challenging, achievable in the time given… or

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Student Plans

Today, I was finalising the November issue of the College’s CPD magazine on target setting (see previous versions on assessment and high expectations) and I

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Dinner Party Lesson

This week was week 5 in proceedings. I’ve had some ups and downs and I’m still struggling to juggle everything but I’m trying to cut

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Class Consultants

It would seem I’ve had a week of great ideas and I felt this was a gem worth sharing! I came up with this idea

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Video and Verbal Feedback

This year has seen some real success for me, one could even call it a breakthrough. My most popular post, fabulous feedback, was popular for a

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Learning: what is it all about?

I thought this would be a straightforward blog post to write. I recently stumbled across a reflection I’d written during my PGCE that I wanted

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My First Year in Teaching- 2009

This reflection has been dug-out of a dusty folder and was written in my first year of teaching and PGCE, 2009. At a time when

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A New Year, A New Tour of C6

A new year, presents a fresh start and one of my first starting places was my classroom. My students have had their first week of

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Fabulous Feedback

There are a number of areas of my teaching practice that I’m looking to seriously improve this year and I’ve been writing about each aspect

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Promotion of reading

For a while now, I have known that students aren’t reading nearly enough. Most of them read what they need to but rarely do they

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Student Responsibility

In 2013- 2014, I am making a number of fundamental changes to my teaching. Over the next few days, I will share these with you.

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No More Excuses

Writing on this site is often a necessary catharsis. I am compelled to openly reflect on my teaching practice. To those of you reading, apologies.

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2012- 2013 Reflections

This year has been full of trials and tests for me. I moved to Reading in September with plenty of excitement but with a large dollop

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Learning Mats for TeachTweet #ukedchat

If you’ve read my recent posts, you’ll know that I am throwing myself into scary things. This was the first challenge I reluctantly signed up

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#TMOxford

So the dreaded day had arrived- #TMOxford! Why dreaded you ask? How could a room full of teachers sharing ideas be a bad thing? I

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Tech Toolbox: StudyStack Flashcards

Study Stack is fantastic. The wonderful @gnarcue first introduced me to it. Initially, I wasn’t so sure it would become part of my regular technology diet.

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Using Twitter as CPD

When I first heard about Twitter, I couldn’t see the point. Why would I use it? I already had Facebook for annoying updates on my

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Further Classroom Changes

If you follow me on Twitter or read my blog posts regularly, then you may well have noticed that I LOVE my classroom!

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Tech Toolbox: Recite This Images

I’m all about how things look as well as functionality. I don’t really know how important this is to teaching but with an art background,

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The Ghost of Failure

I have been meaning to write this post for some time now, but couldn’t work out exactly how. I’ve been lying awake and it’s no

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Classroom Environment Changes This Term

Those of you who follow my blog regularly may have noticed that I love my classroom and I’m very into #poundlandpedagogy– see here and here. Over Easter, I wanted to transform

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Useable Walls and classroom displays

Last week, I bought these plastic CD cases from Poundland. I Tweeted that I’d bought them and fellow Tweechers messaged back to guess what I

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Make Collaborative Working… Work!

Over the last couple of years, I have worked a great deal on considering how students might make the most of their group work situations. Much

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Writing on the Windows

I’m a convert! Thanks must go to @siancarter1 and @chrishealey23 for their inspiration! Click here for pics. I bought some luminous liquid chalk pens from a reputable auction site and away my students

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Note-Making

Since getting back into technology, I’m looking for nice apps and sites that can be used for note-making in the classroom.

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Masks of Anonymity and Shame

If you’re not familiar with William Golding’s allegorical novel ‘Lord of the Flies’ then I suggest you find a seat next to a roaring log

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