Monthly Archives: October 2013

Video clip: using Bloom’s Taxonomy for differentiated focus on success criteria

Here is a really interesting 4-minute video clip showing a teacher using Bloom’s Taxonomy to work with learners on success criteria in differentiated ways. It’s great if you are looking to develop higher order thinking skills. http://www.journeytoexcellence.org.uk/videos/video_tcm4813220.asp This website has … Continue reading

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Peer sharing: what makes it worth the effort?

I am working with two really inspiring colleges on encouraging peer sharing visits between teachers. They are working very thoughtfully to encourage this in ways that teachers will feel comfortable and safe to engage in, far from the realms of … Continue reading

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Outstanding Teaching, Learning and Assessment in the FE and Skills Sector

I’m very pleased to be presenting two workshops at this exciting event: Outstanding Teaching, Learning & Assessment in the FE & Skills Sector, November 28th 2013 in London.  Driving professional development to achieve consistency, raise standards and support learner progress  Hope to see some of … Continue reading

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Simple Summary of Assessment for Learning Approaches

I always believe in passing on useful materials and links to colleagues and I think that this pdf is one of those. It’s a very concise and clear summary of Assessment for Learning(AfL) approaches. It would be useful to link … Continue reading

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Video clips on assessment for learning and training for coaches and teachers

I have found a really useful bank of video clips about effective practice in teaching and learning so I want to share it. The site is called http://www.journeytoexcellence.org.uk Here are a few simple, concise clips to stimulate reflection and discussion … Continue reading

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And what have you learnt so far? Using questions to check and assess learning

In many lessons, teachers establish objectives for the lesson and targets for the group and individuals before they present the main content of the lesson. It is important to check learning as the lesson goes on, to ensure learners are … Continue reading

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Stretching without punishing! Tips for challenging learners in engaging ways

Stretch and challenge is a hot topic for debate at the moment, triggered in part by its prominence within the 2012 Common Inspection Framework. Inspectors will evaluate: “How well teaching and learning methods- including training, coaching and mentoring- inspire and challenge … Continue reading

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