Category Archives: Teaching and learning

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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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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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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Research on teaching and learning: A list of reports, articles and blogs for FE and schools

Thanks to Tom Sherrington for sharing this great collection of research summaries. He introduces them on his website as follows: There are several superb summaries of educational research that have been compiled into easily accessible websites and articles in pdf format … Continue reading

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Cognitive Load: Blogs and Resources

Cognitive Load Theory by Dan Williams: https://furtheredagogy.wordpress.com/2017/05/20/cognitive-load-theory/ Oliver Caviglioli’s Cognitive Load Theory Resources by Greg Ashman: https://gregashman.wordpress.com/2017/05/10/oliver-cavigliols-cognitive-load-theory-resources/comment-page-1/ Chapter summaries by Oliver Caviglioli of a major text on the topic of cognitive load theory: https://teachinghow2s.com/blog/author/72 Dual Coding: Can There be too Much … Continue reading

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The challenges of sustaining joined-up CPD

I am working with Optimus Education to deliver some workshops around creating sustainable, joined-up CPD cycles and here is a link to a blog on this topic, covering some of the common pitfalls and ways around them. Details of the … Continue reading

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