Category: For Students

Creating Revision

Hello all,  It has been a fair time since I wrote for this blog, for various reasons. COVID hit the education world hard, removing some of the usual connections.  My current situation is appreciable. Students are invested in...

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Essay Scenarios – Practice in Elite Sport Transferred to the English classroom

I think the thing with metacognition is for students to move beyond listing subject-specific strategies (which isn’t that tricky), and instead to actually conceptualise what they might mean. Writing is an idiosyncratic process so what works once may not work again (at least for a while…). It is also a fairly tacit process, so just articulating a strategy again is not necessarily helpful.

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Planning a lesson for interview – revealing a philosophy of teaching and learning

These past few years I have both seen and delivered a number of interview lessons. I believe these lessons reflect the philosophy of the observer as much as they do the capability of the teacher. The stakes for an interview lesson are high: will you be given a job? Or as an observer, can you judge that that teacher’s wider operation? These outcomes are pragmatically important but also reflect more profound approaches to the profession. So with this tension in mind, here are some of the ways I think about interview lessons:

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