2016-17 Reasons to be cheerful | classteaching

Well that’s 2016-17 pretty much done – and what a year it has been.  Tough at times and very tough at others, but because we work in such an amazing team at Durrington, we get through and get stronger.  This post is a celebration – some of the reasons to be cheerful and excited about 2017-18.
Subject Planning & Development Sessions

Over the years we have tried a number of different CPD activities at Durrington (see here). Little did I know that the most effective form of CPD, was also the simplest – Subject Planning & Development Sessions, affectionately know as SPuDS.  Started…

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2016-17 Reasons to be cheerful | classteaching

Well that’s 2016-17 pretty much done – and what a year it has been.  Tough at times and very tough at others, but because we work in such an amazing team at Durrington, we get through and get stronger.  This post is a celebration – some of the reasons to be cheerful and excited about 2017-18.
Subject Planning & Development Sessions

Over the years we have tried a number of different CPD activities at Durrington (see here). Little did I know that the most effective form of CPD, was also the simplest – Subject Planning & Development Sessions, affectionately know as SPuDS.  Started…

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Using storytelling as an explanation tool | classteaching

In today’s 15 minute forum, English teacher Russ Shoebridge talked about the power of storytelling and how it can be used to support explanation.

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Russ began by reflecting on how students seem to listen to stories differently, and how stories seem to elicit a certain type of silence. He then described a familiar scenario: it’s the end of the day and you are halfway through giving a list of instructions, when you notice that the class are losing concentration. A story can save you in this all-too-familiar situation. It can hook attention and help the class to enjoy the moment. As human…

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10 simple things to try and have a better work-life balance | classteaching

Tonight’s 15 minute forum was led by Becky Owen – giving some great advice on how it is possible to be a brilliant teacher and avoid teacher burnout.
Get Organised

1.Mid term plan for each class before each half term including homework to be set.
Reduces planning time during the week
Gives time to become more confident with areas of subject knowledge that are less strong.
Gives time to prepare practical work
Ensures enough time to cover all content in lessons you have available.
Allows shared classes to be taught properly without confusion.

Time scale – approx. 1 hour for all…

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Growing a culture of great teaching | classteaching

These are the slides that Andy Tharby and I talked through at the Wellington Festival of Education on Friday.

Andy talked about how we used the wisdom of great teachers we had worked with over the years, alongside evidence from educational research and cognitive science, to distil great teaching into six pedagogical principles, in our book ‘Making every lesson count’.

Having unpicked some of the key elements, of each of the six principles, Andy then went on to talk about why this approach has been useful to us a school:
It allows a tight but loose approach to teaching – teachers are…

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Cleverlands | classteaching

Last week, I was fortunate enough to listen to the fabulous Lucy Crehan talk about her book ‘Cleverlands‘ at the Wellington Festival of Education.

As a teacher in an inner-city school, Lucy was exasperated with ever-changing government policy claiming to be based on lessons from ‘top-performing’ education systems. She became curious about what was really going on in classrooms of the countries whose teenagers ranked top in the world in reading, maths and science.

Determined to dig deeper, Lucy set off on a personal educational odyssey through Finland, Japan, Singapore, Shanghai and…

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Durrington TeachMeet 2017 | classteaching

Last Thursday we hosted our sixth annual TeachMeet.  We were delighted to welcome Bill Watkin as our key note speaker – Bill’s wry look at the current educational landscape got the event off to a brilliant start.

The Proto food group provided superb paella at the interval, with delegates making a voluntary contribution that went towards the excellent ‘Love Your Hospital’ charity.

Presentations
1. James Crane, Durrington High School, “Effective use of Lesson Study”

 
2. Mark Enser, Heathfield CC, “Expect Excellence

3. Jason Ramasami Durrington High School, “#TeachingTalk – some…

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