Can we talk about…. using apps such as Padlet and Socrative to get real time assessment data that can be formative or summative.

An overview of Padlet and Socrative by Mr Turner, Year 2 Class Teacher Padlet https://padlet.com/auth/signup?referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fpadlet.com%2Fdashboard Essentially a virtual board for online sticky notes, this website only requires the creator of content (ie. the teacher) to have an account, whilst anyone visiting (pupils) does not require an account. Padlet enables you to set up a board (which … Continue reading Can we talk about…. using apps such as Padlet and Socrative to get real time assessment data that can be formative or summative.

Saturday night takeaway, aka our monthly book review: A string of pearls Edited by Sir John Rowling

The book in ten sentences: Sir John Rowling is an ex Headteacher and Founder Director of PIXL. The book is a collection of thoughts and pearls of wisdom about leadership and is great if you are time poor and want to dip in and out of your reading. This is just what I did, so … Continue reading Saturday night takeaway, aka our monthly book review: A string of pearls Edited by Sir John Rowling

Can we talk about… how we should adapt for our learners with ADHD

Top tips gathered from the February Achieving for Children NQT Conference. Author: A Gomes ADHD is a developmental disorder and a neurological condition. Symptoms can be: Inattention: Doesn’t seem to listen when spoken to Forgetful Loses things        Hyperactivity       Cannot play/work quietly Always on the go Talks excessively  Impulsivity Blurts … Continue reading Can we talk about… how we should adapt for our learners with ADHD

Can we talk about… How great it is to have your teaching mission revitalised!

On a cold Thursday night in a dark Twickenham, 7 of us from our teaching team went down to hear Dame Alison Peacock speak about Learning without Limits. The usual barriers were put in the way: an external theatre group coming in the next day that needed to be planned for, a meeting with prospective sixth … Continue reading Can we talk about… How great it is to have your teaching mission revitalised!

Friday night takeaway, aka our monthly book review: “When the adults change everything changes. Seismic shifts in school behaviour”. By Paul Dix.     

The book in ten sentences: Like the title suggests, Dix sets out his stall that it is the behaviour of adults within a school that leads to transformational change in the students, not a focus on students’ behaviour per se: “How you behave is more important than how they behave”. Dix states that adult behaviour … Continue reading Friday night takeaway, aka our monthly book review: “When the adults change everything changes. Seismic shifts in school behaviour”. By Paul Dix.     

Can we talk about… How to be more dyslexia friendly

Blog by Katie Mundow (Learning Support Assistant (EAL) ‘10 % of the population are dyslexic; 4% severely so’. British Dyslexia Association (BDA) 'by teaching in a dyslexia-friendly style all students benefit and develop confidence, self-esteem and emotional intelligence which are the keys to maximising strengths and minimising weaknesses' J Gregory, BDA Multi-sensory teaching methods are … Continue reading Can we talk about… How to be more dyslexia friendly

Sunday night takeaway: our regular book review. Maximising the Impact of Teaching Assistants (Russell, Webster and Blatchford, 2013).

The book in a ten sentences. Russell, Wesbter and Blatchford set out an approach to maximizing TAs in your school. The premise is that TAs are regularly deployed with little training, with limited input from teachers & the SLT and are then expected to assist with progress with students which is unrealistic. If you flip … Continue reading Sunday night takeaway: our regular book review. Maximising the Impact of Teaching Assistants (Russell, Webster and Blatchford, 2013).

Can we talk about…. How great Teaching Assistants are.

Now, teaching can be a lonely business; you spend your whole day with people, yet some days you feel like no one’s got your jokes, given you a smile, or cared when you almost fell over that stray bag! I so look forward to the lessons when I’m helped by a TA – there’s someone … Continue reading Can we talk about…. How great Teaching Assistants are.