Author: Jacqueline Everett

Thursday Briefings – Spring Term 2016

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Our Thursday briefings this term work to continue our enquiry into how best to ensure our learners are active, engaged and reflective while also visibly revising what exactly it is that makes for excellent teaching and learning. Teacher student relationships have a significant impact on student progress and are key when considering how to engage and motivate.  Creating an atmosphere in the classroom which encourages respect, rapport and a culture of learning is one of our […]

Asking more Questions

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The T&L CPD for our first day back in January this year was focused on encouraging students to ask more questions.  This builds on our whole school, year long focus of:  ‘Active, engaged, reflective learners’.  If students are generating questions then they are actively engaged and reflecting.  The act of creating a question also ensures that students are directing their own learning and working to make meaning for themselves. We began by asking ourselves how […]

Campus Crawls

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As we work to continue to make our private teaching practice more public, a new initiative has begun: Campus Crawls. The term is borrowed from Terry Bramschreiber although we have tweaked the approach to suit our situation and circumstances. Similar to Learning Walks – but very definitely not part of the accountability cycle – these crawls provide more staff with the opportunity to see inside the classrooms of other teachers. The process aims to help […]

Using Film to Teach the Structural Features of Narrative Writing

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This term I have been working to understand what AQA mean by ‘structural features’ in the writing mark scheme of their new GCSE.   Since paragraphing, discourse markers and even sentence structure are mentioned elsewhere in the descriptors then I have fallen back on narrative structure as the place to begin my teaching. With a unit designed around ‘Other Worlds’ we began under the sea. The first lesson started with a curious picture of the earth […]

Collaborative Enquiry – Action Research

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Our CPD Tuesday afternoons are now into their second year.  Our cross-curricular enquiry groups have settled well.  Professional dialogue has increased and the atmosphere in the school altered.  A climate of sharing, reflecting and experimenting has evolved. Our Collaborative Enquiry Groups keep their name because the focus of their work has not shifted.  Looking at issues from multiple perspectives and enquiring into these issues is still our aim.  However the process has become more formalised this […]

Making the Ordinary Extraordinary – Thursday Briefings – A New Year

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Our whole school Teaching and Learning focus this year is based around engagement and motivation.  How do we encourage our learners to be as active, engaged and reflective as possible? The sub-types of emotional engagement and agentic engagement suit our context and our students best if we want our work to lead to a change of teaching practice and a change in student learning behaviour.  Johnmarshall Reeve’s article, ‘A Self-determination Theory Perspective on Student Engagement’, made […]

Direct Instruction Is On My Mind

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How much do you think Jordan has spent trying to look like Kim Kardashian? http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2918886/Kim-Kardashian-fan-Jordan-James-Parke-considering-surgery-spending-100-000-look-like-idol.html This was the starter for a lesson which needed to practise the skills of analysis and comparison.  It was: the hook, the anticipatory set.  It was planning for behaviour management, planning for engagement and motivation. Reading ‘Direct Instruction Revisited:  A Key Model for Instructional Technology’  by Magliaro, Lockee and Burton placed the notion of the ‘hook’ in context for me.  It comes from Madeline Hunter’s […]

Co-Planning as CPD

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Our CPD Tuesday afternoons continue.  Lessons end at 2.10 and CPD begins 5 minutes later.  Having worked in cross department groups (Collaborative Enquiry Groups) to enquire into marking and feedback in the autumn term and forming discussions based on video evidence in the spring term, this summer term sees a change of focus:  Co-planning.  We continue to provide designated time for teachers to talk about teaching.  Recognising that the average couple of minutes per month […]

Collecting Feedback For Ourselves

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The third and final strand to our whole school focus on feedback this school year is:  Collecting feedback for ourselves in the classroom.  Departments will be working to trial techniques which allow them to understand more about the learning that has been taking place in their classrooms. This essentially forms part of AFL but our drive is to ensure that AFL becomes formative assessment which reveals that the trialing of different techniques is only part of […]

Through the Viewing Panel

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The summer term is here and a new focus for Teaching and Learning briefings has begun.  This term focuses on the work of departments and the aim is to catch a glimpse of the work in subject areas that you don’t normally see.  Hence the title:  Through the Viewing Panel. From the title you can perhaps tell that a low brow TV show has had an impact on the format of these briefings.  What you […]