Highlights from a seminar with Dr Lindsay Gibson: Small Cards, Big Picture: Constructing students’ narrative frameworks | warrenvalentine

It was inspiring to hear Dr Lindsay Gibson lead a seminar on how history educators can support their students in constructing big picture narrative of the past. It was interesting to hear how Canadian teachers have experienced similar difficulties to their British colleagues in getting students to consider what their individual topic based studies amount to. As many commentators in Britain seem to desire, Canada seems to struggle to get its students to string together narratives of Canadian history, deploying narratives which accurately sequence events and explain the developments in…

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Highlights from a seminar with Dr Lindsay Gibson: Small Cards, Big Picture: Constructing students’ narrative frameworks | warrenvalentine

It was inspiring to hear Dr Lindsay Gibson lead a seminar on how history educators can support their students in constructing big picture narrative of the past. It was interesting to hear how Canadian teachers have experienced similar difficulties to their British colleagues in getting students to consider what their individual topic based studies amount to. As many commentators in Britain seem to desire, Canada seems to struggle to get its students to string together narratives of Canadian history, deploying narratives which accurately sequence events and explain the developments in…

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“There are too many camera angles!” | warrenvalentine

Werner Herzog, the acclaimed German film director, reflects on the perils of modern football coverage. “There are too many camera angles” he complains. There is a particular beauty to seeing the ever so subtle shifts in the patterns of movement of a team. The tactical brilliance of a manager and how a team of eleven players execute are quite something to behold. There is a certain rigour and depth, a plane of sporting enjoyment that is hidden from view behind an excessive focus on the moments that attract more immediate focus. The disputed penalty, the fracas with between two team mates or an…

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“There are too many camera angles!” | warrenvalentine

Werner Herzog, the acclaimed German film director, reflects on the perils of modern football coverage. “There are too many camera angles” he complains. There is a particular beauty to seeing the ever so subtle shifts in the patterns of movement of a team. The tactical brilliance of a manager and how a team of eleven players execute are quite something to behold. There is a certain rigour and depth, a plane of sporting enjoyment that is hidden from view behind an excessive focus on the moments that attract more immediate focus. The disputed penalty, the fracas with between two team mates or an…

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Practising my way to being a better teacher | warrenvalentine

Reading Harry Fletcher-Wood’s latest blog in his series on practice based development, I have come to reflect on how I can sharpen my own professional development.

Harry is right to suggest that practise is an extremely effective route to improving professional practice. My experience of teacher training and CPD sessions earlier in my career had been loaded full of ideas. There were card sorts of activities to try out, discussions around a range of different elements of teaching practice. In each of these sessions, I left with an unfortunate mix of feeling overwhelmed and disinterested….

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Practising my way to being a better teacher | warrenvalentine

Reading Harry Fletcher-Wood’s latest blog in his series on practice based development, I have come to reflect on how I can sharpen my own professional development.

Harry is right to suggest that practise is an extremely effective route to improving professional practice. My experience of teacher training and CPD sessions earlier in my career had been loaded full of ideas. There were card sorts of activities to try out, discussions around a range of different elements of teaching practice. In each of these sessions, I left with an unfortunate mix of feeling overwhelmed and disinterested….

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Can you instinctively know the grade of a piece of work? | warrenvalentine

I have been thinking about how we might persuade colleagues to revisit their initial approaches to assessment at work. It is only once we truly understand the ingrained habits and assumptions that one can begin to encourage a genuine reorientation. I am also conscious that recent education debate is dominated by a so-called ‘progressive’ versus ‘neo-traditionalist’ dichotomy. Believing, habitually, that where two opposed positions are set out, the best approaches usually emerge from the grey area between, I want to better understand teacher’s responses to ‘new’ assessment theories to…

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