Writing’s Everywhere

Read Time – 2 mins In light of our current whole school focus on writing, the teaching tip this week is some food for thought in relation to that. I stumbled across this quote out of a paper focused on improving writing in secondary schools which I think reinforces the idea and importance of taking […]

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Writing “Do Nows”

A ‘Do Now’ is a quick, independent or collaborative activity that typically involves no (or minimal) guidance from the teacher. Quick writes are most often used to develop fluency. In quick writes, students write rapidly and without stopping in response to an idea or stimulus. Implementing “do nows” based on writing is possible in every subject. It might just […]

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Progression, not Perfection

Read Time:  1 min 30. Here is one that I got out of a documentary called “Chasing Perfection” which explores what it takes to be an elite athlete. Michael Johnson the champion 200m and 400m runner was interviewing Sir Dave Brailsford who helped Great Britain Cycling win 8 Gold medals at both the 2008 and […]

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Reading to Learn

Louise Phillips Reference Article:   The Reading Gap – Alex Quigley I thought this was a particularly pertinent article for this time of the year when we are in the process of grade 6 to 7 transition and looking at vocab. The article attached makes a lot of sense; that we focus heavily on the “fitting in” […]

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Teach to Teach

Learning by teaching is extremely effective as a learning strategy but do we do enough of it? After completing a peer teaching session, I thought I’d reflect on why it worked so well. The research says that learning is enhanced through the act of teaching others; that students who spend time teaching what they’ve learned […]

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Teach in the Box

Most of us have been working with rubrics to some extent whether through assessing student work, working in teams to create them for KATs, student self-assessments or using them as a teaching and differentiation tool. An effective strategy to help progress students through the developmental levels of a rubric column can be to isolate a […]

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