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…

From Verbalisation to Pen & Paper

If I’m completely honest, I’ve been dreading my spot on this blog. As part of the Pedagogical Team I obviously have a passion for teaching and learning and the finer points of pedagogical practice. The thought of committing my thoughts into written words on the page for public consumption is a little out of my…

“Happy Pi Day”

Students look at me as if I am an embarrassing parent, but I see that glimmer of a smile as they walk into my room. Today is ‘Pi Day’ and the perfect excuse to celebrate the magic that is Mathematics. The day begins with a competition in tutor time to see who can recite the…

Be their shining light

I wish we could dispel the myth that all it takes to be a good teacher is knowledge. You only have to watch five minutes of Jamie’s Dream School to see how ridiculous this assumption is. Teaching is a hard job! I’ve lost count of the number of times a trainee has said to me…