"The Secret of Effective Feedback"

In a recent article about effective feedback, Dylan Wiliam asserts that “The only important thing about feedback is what students do with it”. He discusses a central problem with feedback is that the teacher often does the “intellectual heavy lifting”….

"In Defense of Educators"

E.D. Hirsch Jr challenges the concept of “teacher quality” in an article in the Winter 2016-17 edition of American Educator. He argues that teacher effectiveness is contextual and that teachers can become “highly effective” in a coherent school. Hirsch sees…

Thinking Hats

This week I’ve begun introducing de Bono’s Six Thinking Hats into my teaching. It’s something I’ve not attempted before. I’ve been quite wary about them since my initial teacher training in which they were introduced as a means of grouping…

Fire Warden

At no point in my life did I ever think I’d be a fire marshal. I’d never even considered there were different types of extinguisher for different types of fire. The things you learn in teaching…

Launch Center Pro & DayOne Apps

tl;dr: I’m using a Launch Center Pro script to add lesson observation notes to a Day One journal which can be sent by email straight away. All on iPhone or iPad, of course. Giving rapid feedback after a Learning Walk,…