Thoughts from my teaching practice

  • Blogs of the week and Research Pod: (5) Challenge

    22nd Jul 2020 by

    This fortnight, we are focusing on the Challenge strand of the What Makes Great Teaching at Reigate School model. This week’s blog, from Durrington Research School in Worthing, focuses on one of the key proponents of how challenge for all can be achieved in our classrooms – Robert Bjork. He and his wife, Elizabeth Bjork,… Read more

  • Blog of the week and Research Pods – 4. Modelling.

    22nd Jul 2020 by

    This fortnight, we are focusing on the theme of modelling. Students in school are constantly in the process of creating pieces of work or performances. However, these do not reach a high standard by magic. As teachers, it is our responsibility to not only deliver content, but to show students how to use and manipulate… Read more

  • Blogs of the week and Research Pods – 3: Scaffolding.

    22nd Jul 2020 by

    Blog of the week: Scaffolding (1). The focus for this week and next is SCAFFOLDING and is one of the principles in the What Makes Great Teaching model at Reigate School. Scaffolding is an all-encompassing term for the support we provide in class to ensure that all students are given the chance to achieve our… Read more

  • Blogs of the week and Research Pods – 2. EXPLANATION

    30th Jun 2020 by

    Blog of the week: Explanation (1) This fortnight’s focus from the What Makes Great Teaching at Reigate School model is EXPLANATION. There’s some further discussion about this element in the Research Pod section, but Barak Rosenshine in his Principles of Instruction (1968) as a result of a wide range of studies into research on how… Read more

  • Blogs of the week and Research Pods – 1. RETRIEVAL

    25th Jun 2020 by

    Each week at Reigate School, in Surrey, where I am a teacher of geography, I am given the role of writing two short sections of our Teaching and Learning Newsletter. I do not do this in any official capacity, merely as a result of repeated hints and pestering to the powers that be that it… Read more

  • We’re all in this together…

    21st Dec 2019 by

    An impromptu post given that it is the first week of the so long-awaited Christmas holidays. A couple of days ago I put out a tweet which was little more than me thinking out loud. However, to date, it has garnered almost 800 likes and several responses. The tweet can be seen below. This tweet… Read more

  • Cognitive Load Theory: how has it changed my teaching?

    1st Nov 2019 by

    For the last eighteen months or so, I’ve become absolutely fascinated by cognitive load theory. Slightly too much so if the amount of time I spend on Twitter avidly following other educators’ conversations is an accurate measure. I’m ashamed to say, as a teacher who has just entered their twenty-second year of teaching, that until… Read more

  • Introduce Yourself (Example Post)

    23rd Aug 2019 by

    This is an example post, originally published as part of Blogging University. Enroll in one of our ten programs, and start your blog right. You’re going to publish a post today. Don’t worry about how your blog looks. Don’t worry if you haven’t given it a name yet, or you’re feeling overwhelmed. Just click the… Read more

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