Author Archives: joannemilesconsulting

The Learning Leader in FE: Have we defined this role yet?

It is very encouraging to see some FE colleges introducing a new role called the learning leader, in an attempt to enhance the focus on T&L. Incorporating actual roles into college structures could be helpful in a range of ways: … Continue reading

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The journey to ungraded developmental lesson observations: Some mid-year reflections

Working with colleges and schools on the journey to developmental observations is a complex, rich and rewarding experience. I am currently at a review point with several institutions and some recurrent themes emerge from their feedback. The overriding impression is … Continue reading

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Questioning Skills and Techniques for the Classroom

Video clips http://teachlikeachampion.com/resources/sample-videos/ Short video clips of “Teach Like a Champion” questioning techniques in the sample section – Right is Right, Wait Time and Check for Understanding Blog posts and web links http://www.theconfidentteacher.com/2017/03/the-questioning-collection/ https://teacherhead.com/2013/01/22/great-lessons-1-probing-questions/ http://sayersjohn.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/questioning.html https://www.edutopia.org/blog/new-classroom-questioning-techniques-todd-finley https://reflectingenglish.wordpress.com/2014/01/10/responsive-questioning-and-the-art-of-listening/ https://reflectingenglish.wordpress.com/category/questioning/ https://improvingteaching.co.uk/2013/08/17/28-hinge-questions/ https://belmontteach.wordpress.com/2014/01/23/better-questioning-thinking-about-thinking/Continue reading

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Blogs and podcasts about retrieval practice

1.Ways to practise bringing information to mind http://www.learningscientists.org/retrieval-practice 2. For students – Learn how to study using retrieval practice http://www.learningscientists.org/blog/2016/6/23-1 3. What I learned from the Learning Scientists by Rachel Garbett https://huntington.researchschool.org.uk/2017/10/02/what-i-learned-from-the-learning-scientists/ 4. Resources, tips and suggestions about retrieval practice … Continue reading

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Updated Further Education and Skills Inspection Handbook from Ofsted (September 2017)

OfstedFurther_education_and_skills_inspection_handbook_for_use_from_September_… Word version of the Inspection Handbook in use from September 2017 onwards by Ofsted.   OfstedFurther_education_and_skills_inspection_handbook_for_use_from_September_.. PDF version of the Inspection Handbook in use from September 2017 onwards by Ofsted.   https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/further-education-and-skills-inspection-handbook/ofsted-inspections-myths This link dispels some of the myths around … Continue reading

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Getting participants involved in a CPD session

It can be a challenge to design a CPD session that participants want to be involved in and feel welcome to contribute to as it takes place. From my experience, getting participants involved in a CPD session requires a combination … Continue reading

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Creating the conditions for CPD to flourish

In schools and colleges there are many real and complex challenges in offering CPD opportunities that both motivate staff to get involved and meet their varied needs and preferences. In my freelance consultancy and training role, here are some of … Continue reading

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