Best Bets in Remote Learning

I am writing this post in bits and pieces over the course of a couple of days during any time I can snatch in between: juggling recording lessons on Loom, narrating on PowerPoints, meeting pupils live on Teams, checking pupil work on Firefly, giving them feedback, logging missed work, responding to questions and answering emails.…

Lessons in Revision

I have found that my perspective on revision lessons has changed considerably over the years that I have been teaching. In those long-gone halcyon days of my youth, revision lessons largely involved me running back over the key material from part of the course before saying to the class that they needed to use the…

Effective Explanation

I always thought that my explanation in the classroom was pretty good. After 17 years of practice it felt like I knew what I was doing, and I understood how to make what I said stick. However, a few months of remote teaching and a few weeks of socially distanced teaching has shown me that…

Structuring Lessons

I have recently been reading ‘Love to Teach’ by Kate Jones. It is always refreshing to spend time reading and reminding yourself of key successes within lessons. I often try to think of innovative ways to ensure that I can introduce a new topic effectively. Whilst thinking and researching about how to deliver new topics…

Putting theory into practice

I love a good teaching and learning book, as anyone who has popped into my classroom or tried to find something on my desk can attest. I also really enjoy attending research conferences (I’m speaking at ResearchEd Durrington this weekend and ResearchEd national conference in London in the Autumn) and find leafing through a research…

Simply Teaching

On a blustery autumnal morning, I reached my desk in my classroom, switched on my computer, opened my first PowerPoint presentation for the first lesson of the day and pressed the ‘on’ button on my projector. Nothing happened. That trusty piece of equipment that on a daily (hourly!) basis projected my entire lesson for students,…

Memorable Learning

Learning involves a change in long term memory. If pupils haven’t remembered something there may have been limited benefit in doing it in the first place. Over the years I have seen a lot of lessons that have been “memorable” where the pupils have remembered the task but not the learning. They remembered making volcanoes out of Plasticine but not how an eruption occurs, they remember the primary school project on the River Nile but not where rivers start and how they flow.

Lets not plan memorable lessons but memorable learning instead. 

What makes effective learning?

We have spent a lot of time this year looking at what makes effective teaching. This is certainly something we have embraced in the Geography department with us often asking the question “Is this an effective and efficient way to do this? Is there another way?”. When it comes to learning, there is always a…