Monthly Archives: June 2013

June 28

Learning Phases: Putting your OARR in

How can we plan our lessons to ensure students understand concepts and retain knowledge more effectively? How can we prevent our learning objectives from falling on deaf ears? How can we effectively build objectives into the DNA of the lesson? Putting OARR (Objective, Activity, Review, Repeat) into each lesson can help. So how does OARR […]

June 25

Effective collaboration through group work

Collaboration is essential in any classroom. Howard Rheingold goes even further and claims that working in groups is actually an innate human instinct. When planned and delivered effectively, group work fosters classroom dialogue, student engagement and tackles passivity. That said, we’ve all experienced the poor dynamics that can be generated by working in a group […]

June 21

North meets South

North meets South: Promoting Independence and commitment to learning The English Faculty have been working to promote student independence, commitment and responsibility in literacy, debate, ICT and organization skills using Global Partnerships in Nkomazi, South Africa. The aim: To create independent learners using global links with South Africa. Method: Year 8 – 13 students have […]

June 17

TRIAL: Narrowing Gaps

Data heath checks flag up the gaps, but then what? How do we go about narrowing the learning gap? Using TRIAL can help structure a short, measurable piece of action research. TRIAL involves: Talking with the student(s) who are underperforming. Raise their expectations and look to remove any barriers to learning. Reflecting on your own […]

June 12

Maths Marginal Gains

A great teaching and learning briefing from the Maths faculty today on how sport philosophy has been used in their subject. They spoke about how Clive Woodward’s view of ‘critical non-essentials’ has been used throughout the faculty to bring about those marginal gains – so beloved of Dave Brailsford. They reminded us that it is […]

June 11

Progress Lines

Simple ideas are often the best. Want to demonstrate progress over time? All you need is a pencil, a ruler and an inside book cover. See how students draw out their progress lines below.

June 08

Marginal Gains

Marginal gains – Dave Brailsford’s brain child – is fast becoming the new buzz word in education circles. Essentially it involves breaking down, analysing and evaluating ours and our students’ practice. Brailsford talks about searching for 1% improvements in all areas of our performance. This is an empowering approach to take with our learners. It […]