Using Epic! For Research

When I started at my current school our fantastic Curriculum Coordinator @mmcormick87 introduced us to Epic! books.It is basically Netflix for young readers and is free to use during the school day. The parents of the students can also sign up for a subscription so the students can use the site at home outside of … Continue reading Using Epic! For Research

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

Allowing For Student Agency In The IPC

I have recently become interested in utilising student agency more formally in my classroom. For a long time I have allowed for some student agency on a basic level, for example outlining to my students what lessons they have that day and allowing them to decide in which order we have those lessons. However, the … Continue reading Allowing For Student Agency In The IPC

Getting To Grips With Inquiry Based Learning

As an English trained teacher I remember how daunting it was when I first entered the international teaching market and I had to suddenly know about inquiry based approaches to learning. This is something that the National Curriculum and OFSTED were not interested in developing whilst I was teaching in London - rather there was … Continue reading Getting To Grips With Inquiry Based Learning