I teach; I write about trying to improve, what I read, schools I visit and what I learn.
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Continuing Professional DevelopmentMy attempts to improve as a classroom teacher, discussed and dissected
Assessment for LearningPutting formative assessment techniques to use.
Ethical dilemmasTrying to establish the ‘right’ thing to do.
HistoryI’m a history teacher. These posts focus primarily on history teaching.
Books Reviewing books about teaching
International Posts discussing visits and developments abroad
Hi; I’m a recently ex primary HT now working for an LA. I want to focus leadership teams in te LA not just on “what makes great teaching?” but also “how to make teaching better in your school” (hint – sending teachers on a course isn’t the answer.) It’s that second question that I’m working on at the moment. I read your Checklist blog – HT often talk about agreeing / imposing “non-negotiables” as a kind of answer. As a HT I don’t think I ever articulated a full list of possible strategies so I could then pick the best for the context. Any thoughts?
Hi David, Interesting question, thanks for asking it. To me, non-negotiables which fit every subject and teacher are only a beginning step on this: if there are teachers who aren’t assessing learning, for example then they may be useful. Beyond that, I think checklists developed by individual teachers or departments may be more useful. I do think articulating all the possible options may be a useful process to help us in choosing the best ones (and justifying that choice to ourselves/others).
Not sure how well that answers your question…?
The specificity of non-negotiables is probably important. Co-creation also. But as you hinted, how absolute is any list (in the days of “reshaping” and how many items on any”checklist” could a teacher focus on? Thanks for your blogs. Intersting readings.
I was wondering if you have some example of Hinge Questions in Art? I wanted to share with colleagues in Art…
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