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 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

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