A research- aware profession? It’s not so easy. | kennypieper

A research- aware profession? It’s not so easy. | kennypieper

I think one of the greatest problems we’ve seen in teaching has been the apparent disconnect between research being undertaken in the University sector and the reality of what is happening in our schools. If we’re ever to truly consider ourselves a profession then we need to face up to that. I would doubt that there is anyone out there who would question the the importance of research but wonder exactly how many of us access the latest findings, and what do we do with it when we do? There is a huge issue here and I don’t think we need look too far to see the difficulty.

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A research- aware profession? It’s not so easy. | kennypieper

A research- aware profession? It’s not so easy. | kennypieper

I think one of the greatest problems we’ve seen in teaching has been the apparent disconnect between research being undertaken in the University sector and the reality of what is happening in our schools. If we’re ever to truly consider ourselves a profession then we need to face up to that. I would doubt that there is anyone out there who would question the the importance of research but wonder exactly how many of us access the latest findings, and what do we do with it when we do? There is a huge issue here and I don’t think we need look too far to see the difficulty.

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Perfect Pitch – Review of The Art of Poetry Vol 6 by Neil Bowen, Karen Elson, Neil Jones and Katherine Mortimore. | deadshelley

Perfect Pitch – Review of The Art of Poetry Vol 6 by Neil Bowen, Karen Elson, Neil Jones and Katherine Mortimore. | deadshelley

My family and I are about to relocate to Norfolk so that I can take up a post in a new school. When I visited earlier this term, I was delighted to discover that they teach AQA GCSE Literature – the specification which I have spent the last year getting to know. However, I soon discovered that there was a fly in the ointment: instead of Love and Relationships, the poetry cluster which I had become relatively expert in, my new department taught the Conflict cluster. I would have to start again from scratch.  That is why I was so eager to get my hands on a copy of The Art of Poetry Vol 6….

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Why I love…TENC – The plans and pitfalls of an interleaved curriculum | susansenglish

Why I love…TENC – The plans and pitfalls of an interleaved curriculum | susansenglish

The presentation is downloadable here: TENC – Presentation

The copious amount of notes and thinking behind the presentation is here:  TENC Handout Booklet (warning this is a long document and includes some of the resources and the invisible thinking that went on behind the scenes when developing an interleaved curriculum). Also, none of these documents are new, they were all worked on in the implementation stages of driving forward an interleaved curriculum.

I started with this slide, which is the contents of the presentation. This introduces what I am trying to explain about the plans…

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Why I love…TENC – The plans and pitfalls of an interleaved curriculum | susansenglish

Why I love…TENC – The plans and pitfalls of an interleaved curriculum | susansenglish

The presentation is downloadable here: TENC – Presentation

The copious amount of notes and thinking behind the presentation is here:  TENC Handout Booklet (warning this is a long document and includes some of the resources and the invisible thinking that went on behind the scenes when developing an interleaved curriculum). Also, none of these documents are new, they were all worked on in the implementation stages of driving forward an interleaved curriculum.

I started with this slide, which is the contents of the presentation. This introduces what I am trying to explain about the plans…

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This much I know about…an inept attempt to improve students’ literacy skills | johntomsett

This much I know about…an inept attempt to improve students’ literacy skills | johntomsett

I have been a teacher for 30 years, a Headteacher for 15 years and, at the age of 53, this much I know about an inept attempt to improve students’ literacy skills.

Implementation rules! About seven years ago we had a concerted effort to improve our students’ literacy skills. We scatter-gunned a number of different interventions, without an implementation plan or any idea how we were going to evaluate the impact of our interventions. One of the interventions was to provide a set of dictionaries for every single teaching room. The SENCO and I ostentatiously visited every teaching room, during…

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Why I love… Building Effective Relationships | susansenglish

Why I love… Building Effective Relationships | susansenglish

Warning this is an anecdotal and reflective blog post, which I hope highlights my belief that relationships are one of the keys to ensuring students will learn and that leadership can be trust based.
Student – Teacher

When my Y11 left last year (2017) I was given a little necklace from Egg. Egg was my nickname for one of my Y11 students. Egg: because she used to come into my class with her hoodie tied up so tight around her face that it made her look like an egg. The nickname stuck. My class knew who I meant when I said (early on in Y10 Egg can you… etc.) She even signed all her work Egg….

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