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

Mindset – motivation during exam period

I came across a short clip on the Ted Talks site entitled ‘8 secrets of success.’ I am planning on showing it to my students in order to encourage them to remain motivated during this stage of the year, as it may be difficult for them given the pressure of exam revision etc. The video ties in nicely with the mindsets work they’ve covered in College and seems to be pertinent, given that the exam period is imminent.

Should you wish to watch and share the video, I have included the link below.


March TeachMeet: Literacy and Numeracy in unexpected places


There was another good turnout for TeachMeet, with about 15 teachers representing Business and Economics; English and Media; Humanities; Psychology, Philosophy and Law; Physics and Computing, and Visual and Expressive Arts curriculum areas plus Academic Support.

The topic under discussion was how to develop literacy and numeracy, particularly in areas where the connections are less obvious. Continue reading

A-level Mindset – a brief introduction


If you want to get up to speed in terms of the ideas around Mindsets, and in particular how they are applied in sixth forms, this is the place to start:

In particular the VESPA approach is one that the Teaching and Learning group at the college is working to develop. Lots more good stuff on the main site as well. Copies of the book are available in college: ask one of:

  • Paul Joseph
  • Cate Brett
  • Peter Ellis
  • Angus Hirst
  • Zaheer Member