Visiting Michaela | mhorley

As with many things, I find myself somewhat behind the curve when visiting Michaela Community School in Brent this morning.  Without doubt, more has been written about this school in the 4 years since it opened than any other school in the country.  I found this recent post from Adam Boxer useful, it contains links below to blogs written by the staff – seemingly a part of the job description for working at Michaela.

The school prides itself on “being different from other schools” which was the message being delivered to Year 8 by the head Katharine Birbalsingh within a few minutes of my…

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Visiting Michaela | mhorley

As with many things, I find myself somewhat behind the curve when visiting Michaela Community School in Brent this morning.  Without doubt, more has been written about this school in the 4 years since it opened than any other school in the country.  I found this recent post from Adam Boxer useful, it contains links below to blogs written by the staff – seemingly a part of the job description for working at Michaela.

The school prides itself on “being different from other schools” which was the message being delivered to Year 8 by the head Katharine Birbalsingh within a few minutes of my…

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Knowledge Organisers in Maths – the journey part 1 | mhorley

I am instinctively cynical about any “latest new thing” in teaching. As a profession, we have been teaching kids things for centuries, and I feel it it is highly unlikely that anyone will suddenly stumble upon something genuinely new that will have a significant impact on learning.  Knowledge Organisers feel a bit like they are the latest new thing, so I have to say my heart sank ever so slightly when I was asked to join a middle leaders meeting this week to discuss our plans for introducing them next year.

In reality, I’m sure there is nothing particularly new here.  If I could go back 30,…

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Test-Homework-Test | mhorley

I’ve learned to love routines since I started teaching and this term I am particularly pleased with the results I am seeing with a routine I have established around low-stakes testing, homework and lesson starters.   A game-changer for me this year has been Hegarty Maths which my school uses for homework and has been integral to this routine and to encouraging and enabling pupils to take responsibility for their own learning. I have also been reading a lot more about spaced practice and have been sold on the idea of the testing effect and the power of low-stakes testing.

It won’t work for…

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Test-Homework-Test | mhorley

I’ve learned to love routines since I started teaching and this term I am particularly pleased with the results I am seeing with a routine I have established around low-stakes testing, homework and lesson starters.   A game-changer for me this year has been Hegarty Maths which my school uses for homework and has been integral to this routine and to encouraging and enabling pupils to take responsibility for their own learning. I have also been reading a lot more about spaced practice and have been sold on the idea of the testing effect and the power of low-stakes testing.

It won’t work for…

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Powerful imagery using Geogebra | mhorley

I absolutely love Geogebra, I use it in nearly every lesson to the extent that I’m not sure how I would teach certain topics without it!

I’ve written before about the power of starting from a blank sheet (angles in parallel lines, trigonometry, circle theorems), but recently I have found and used some excellent visualisations that other users have created and kindly uploaded. I feel like this aspect of Geogebra has improved considerably over the last couple of years in particular the search. I often have an idea in my head for what I want to show students and within a few seconds I have…

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Powerful imagery using Geogebra | mhorley

I absolutely love Geogebra, I use it in nearly every lesson to the extent that I’m not sure how I would teach certain topics without it!

I’ve written before about the power of starting from a blank sheet (angles in parallel lines, trigonometry, circle theorems), but recently I have found and used some excellent visualisations that other users have created and kindly uploaded. I feel like this aspect of Geogebra has improved considerably over the last couple of years in particular the search. I often have an idea in my head for what I want to show students and within a few seconds I have…

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