Education in the era of COVID-19

Since my last blog entry a lot has changed both personally and globally. Personally, I have taken on the responsibility for leading literacy in my current school (more on this to come in future blogs) and globally the world has been changed drastically by something smaller than a cell.  As I write this, Romania has … Continue reading Education in the era of COVID-19

Reflections on Social Emotional Learning

SEL - Social and Emotional Learning aka Personal and Social Education (PSE) and two thirds of the English PSHE curriculum (Personal, Social and Health Education). But what is it? What is it not? Why is it important? I work in a ‘SEL School’. The school promotes itself as one that specialises in promoting the students’ … Continue reading Reflections on Social Emotional Learning

What do we mean by the phrase ‘Assessment Literate Learners’?

A phrase I am hearing more of in the world of education is ‘Assessment Literate Learners’. I have heard it used as both a rationale for focusing more on students test scores in their end of high school exams and one for giving students full ownership of the assessment process whilst dispensing of benchmarking students … Continue reading What do we mean by the phrase ‘Assessment Literate Learners’?

Developing Peer-to-Peer Teaching

In the summer term of 2019 my students started the IPC unit AD 900 in which they were expected to learn about ancient non-European civilisations. The IPC suggested looking at the Mayans, Benin and Early Islamic civilisations. After reflecting on where my students were at in their learning journey, the cultural makeup of the class … Continue reading Developing Peer-to-Peer Teaching

Developing Thinking Skills

Looking back to when I first started teaching, it has been interesting to reflect on the differing priorities and interests that I have pursued professionally during my teaching career. Some have fallen by the wayside and some have persisted and developed over time. One of the things that has persisted is my interest in developing … Continue reading Developing Thinking Skills

Developing Students Confidence in Maths

I love maths. It is one of those subjects which, when I teach it, I often experience what Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi describes as “Flow”. However, I also know that some people, both adults and children, do not enjoy maths and sometimes fear it. This is often down to the fact that they do not feel they … Continue reading Developing Students Confidence in Maths