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An ethic of excellence, Stoner – and Showbie!

This spring I have read two very different books that I’ve found inspiring and affirming. The second book was ‘Stoner’ by John Edward Williams. I’d seen it eulogised by Julian Barnes at Christmas, but it took recommendations by colleagues to get … Continue reading

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Plenary or Starter – Flashcards and Quizbusters

One plenary activity I like uses Quizbusters (http://www.teachers-direct.co.uk/resources/quiz-busters/quiz-maker.aspx ) a Flash based quiz based on the old TV game, Blockbusters. If I run it as a class activity I have a buzzer and light set (from a University Challenge board game) … Continue reading

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From teacher centred to student centred 1 – moving pairs

How do we get students to care about more than the percentage they achieved on a test? How do we encourage them to pay attention to the model solutions, and look at where they went wrong, and how to do better next … Continue reading

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MOOC and SAMR

Alphabet soup! I decided to try a MOOC (Massive open online course), and luckily picked one run by North Carolina called ‘Coaching Digital Learning’. It’s been great, reminded me of things I’d been meaning to follow up, and introducing some … Continue reading

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Expert Groups

I don’t want to make this an e-learning blog, so I thought that I’d write about a technique that I first met during the KS3 initiative (20th century), and how I find it helps students reach the four C’s (critical … Continue reading

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Using Explain Everything

I’ll come right out and admit it, at first I wasn’t sure how useful Explain Everything was going to be, but everywhere I looked to find how IT could help teaching and learning, I kept finding recommendations to download the … Continue reading

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