Category Archives: High grades for learners

Maximising learner achievement this term: What can teachers, coaches and managers do right now?

Many teachers I meet in my consultancy and training role are in the final stages of their courses for this year. Despite summer term fatigue, there is an urgency, focus and push towards the finish line, which I know from … Continue reading

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Gibbs Reflective Cycle – Great Coaching Tool

http://staffrm.io/@astsupportaali/UTt9jigosL I often use Gibbs Reflective Cycle in coaching conversations about challenging experiences and today I found this blog post about using it for reflecting on an assignment writing task. It is a flexible tool with a useful series of stages and the … Continue reading

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Active and Independent Learning: Blogs on Theory and Practice for Teachers

Interesting blog with a range of views about how to define independent learning: http://jamesmichie.com/blog/2011/10/what-is-independent-learning/ Article on the theoretical underpinning of active learning: http://w3.gre.ac.uk/~bj61/talessi/atl.html Rationale for active learning plus links to practical classroom resources and activities: http://geoffpetty.com/for-teachers/active-learning/ Bank of short video … Continue reading

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Which skills do Student Progress Coaches and Learner Mentors need to help learners progress?

I have already written one blog about the role emerging in the FE sector, labelled Student Progress Coach or Learner Mentor. See link below: https://joannemilesconsulting.wordpress.com/2014/09/22/learner-mentors-and-student-progress-coaches-welcome-to-the-fe-sector/ To me, this is a valuable role and could yield great benefits in supporting learners, … Continue reading

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Stretch and Challenge in Group Tasks: How can we stretch the stronger learners?

When I teach and train groups or observe lessons, I am more and more aware of the challenge of stretching stronger learners within group tasks. Stronger learners are often allocated the role of supporting others, peer teaching etc, which consolidates … Continue reading

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Higher Order Thinking Skills Learning Outcomes Poster

Use this handy poster (select the image on the link to download) to help you write learning outcomes using Bloom’s taxonomy and incorporate development of higher order thinking skills into your sessions. Thanks to New College Durham for this one! … Continue reading

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Developing higher order thinking skills: quick classroom approaches

Sadly all learners are not born with well-developed higher order thinking skills of analysis, synthesis and evaluation. Unfortunately some learners have these skills but do not always deploy them at appropriate points in your lessons. So it can be helpful … Continue reading

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