Monthly Archives: November 2015

Embedding English: From Classroom to Common Inspection Framework

Have been invited to blog for ATL Union as part of their English and maths week so here is blog number one…… Here is the next blog about using students’ errors to develop their accuracy skills in writing or … Continue reading

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NEW Birmingham Event! Rethinking Lesson Observations with Dr Matt O’Leary and Joanne Miles

I am very excited to be co-presenting with Dr Matt O’Leary at an Optimus Education event in November 2016 on the hot topic of lesson observations. We will focus on the opportunities within observation for professional learning and discuss new … Continue reading

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Some reflections on lesson observations for English language teachers in Japan by Yvert de Souza

How observations are used and the perceptions of lesson observations from both the observers and observees have been of great interest to me for some time. While I was in Japan last summer, I was keen to find out how … Continue reading

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Embedding English: Useful phrases for lesson plans and schemes of work

Thanks to Julie Sinclair, from Westminster Kingsway College in London, for sharing this resource with me. It is a list of useful phrases for describing the aspects of English often embedded in lesson plans and schemes of work. This would … Continue reading

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Questions for professional dialogue after peer visits or lesson plan peer reviews

You can use these for reviewing a lesson plan with a colleague or for the professional dialogue after a peer visit to your colleague’s classroom. The aim is to foster a reflective space for professional learning, so that your colleague … Continue reading

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The Optimus Education National FE Conference on Embedding English and Maths 2015

It was a heartening experience to attend the Optimus Education national FE conference on English and maths 2015 in these dark days of funding cuts and area reviews.  The uplifting thing was the “Yes, you can!” attitude to encouraging learners … Continue reading

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