Monthly Archives: June 2014

Ungraded Lesson Observation Pilot by Ofsted in FE: Welcome news!

News of an ungraded lesson observation pilot in the FE sector – very exciting news! http://feweek.co.uk/2014/06/13/ofsted-to-end-lesson-gradings-in-fe-pilot/   Advertisements

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Embedding English: The Explicitness Factor

When delivering recent training sessions on embedding English I have noted the issue of explicitness arising in conversation again and again. Teachers have made comments such as: I know I am aware of tackling English at different points but it is … Continue reading

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Date for your diary:Meeting New Standards in Teaching, Learning and Assessment in the FE and Skills Sector, Optimus Education Conference

I am very pleased to have been invited to present a workshop on developing peer observation models. Hope to see you at this exciting conference for the FE sector. Meeting New Standards in Teaching, Learning & Assessment in the FE … Continue reading

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Coaching the coach: exploring the OSKAR model

I am a coach and also a trainer and supervisor of coaches. Last week I was reminded once again of the extraordinary capacity of a coaching conversation to accelerate and deepen your thinking on a topic. I was encouraging a … Continue reading

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Have you explored Take Away Homework and Flipped Learning yet? Links List

Great introduction to how and why you might want to use TAH  http://teachertoolkit.me/2014/01/28/takeawayhmk-is-unhomework/  Personal views of TAH in practice http://willowtuits.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/takeaway-homework-story-so-far.html#more http://belmontteach.wordpress.com/2014/03/10/takeaway-homework/  Useful intro to what flipped learning is  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LH4OahHPmsA http://www.edudemic.com/guides/flipped-classrooms-guide/ http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2013/05/20-tips-on-how-to-flip-your-classroom.html?m=1 Personal views of benefits and applications of flipped learning  … Continue reading

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What did you learn on this course? Activities for reviewing the learning

Near the end of a learning programme, no matter how long, it can be very helpful to review the learning process and identify approaches that helped. This process helps teachers to take learners’ reflections into account in future planning and … Continue reading

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Embedding English: Web Links on Spelling and Punctuation

Here are some useful web links to help teachers develop their own understanding of punctuation and spelling,  so that they can develop learners’ skills effectively. I think some of these sites are user-friendly enough to share with learners as well. Writing Skills: … Continue reading

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