“Five things I wish I knew when I started teaching.”

Cate Brett kindly shared a link to a short article entitled “Five Things I Wish I knew When I started Teaching.” It covers issues such as motivation, engagement, and marking/feedback. Continue reading

Revision strategies

This is a useful article based on revision strategies entitled “top 10 revision strategies,” considering the use of a variety of methods including flashcards, quizzes, as well as ‘exam wrappers.’ It might be an idea for us to use these strategies, as well as promote the use of them with our students, especially the second years, given that a lot of them will be completing assessments in February.

Should you wish to read the full article, I have included the link below.



Starting a lesson effectively

This is a useful article based on how to start a lesson effectively. The article highlights the benefits of asking pre-questions, playing memory games, and creating a sense of purpose, whilst also elucidating that a teacher doesn’t necessarily have to start off with ‘learning outcomes,’ which is what teachers may believe Ofsted requires. This is an excerpt from the article relating to the benefits of asking pre-questions at the beginning of lessons.

A recent study found that students who had been asked pre-questions were later able to recall almost 50% more than their peers who had not. This is thought to be because this method draws in the attention of the learner and creates a sense of intrigue.” Continue reading

Bridging the gap between research and teaching practice

This is a very good article based on an extract from Carl Hendrick’s book, which is based on bridging the gap between research and teaching practice. The article highlights six principles which are a distillation of key research on what really matters in the classroom. One of the six principles focusses on the benefits of revisiting previous learning. This is an excerpt from the article relating to this, as quoted from Rosenshine. Continue reading