“Keeping it Simple” is more important than ever!

A blog from Katy Scott and Phil Griffiths about the importance of keeping the message simple when learning remotely.

In January I wrote a blog post all about the simplicity of the message. In the months that have followed we have experienced a seismic shift in everything we do both in and out of the classroom. I find myself writing this ‘electronically’, ‘remotely’ in ‘unprecedented’ times.

One point that stands out when I read my January blog post back is this; ‘With all that teaching and learning noise out there we need to keep things simple.’

After some of my early Zoom lessons, I reflected on how much I seemed to be talking, how I was gesticulating wildly at the screen and how I seemed to overly use stock phrases that made me cringe when I looked back. I don’t think I was keeping it simple for my pupils. Continue Reading

Responsive Teaching

Thinking about the best way of feeding back to pupils remotely, I am reminded of Dylan William’s suggestion that formative assessment would have been better off being called ‘responsive teaching’. As teachers we are often trying to stretch feedback to fit various purposes, but surely the primary function should be to provide the teacher with information so that they can respond through their teaching. Continue Reading

Whole-Class Feedback: What does it look like? Pt 2

Part 2 of 2 from Mrs Martin on Whole-Class Feedback. If you haven’t read the first part of this blog then you can access it here

Feedback doesn’t have to take the form of a set proforma for every task. The right approach for the work you have set must come from responding to the outcomes. Working remotely is definitely different, but in many ways the process of how we respond to learning (or misunderstanding!) should remain the same.

This second blog aims to look at some other methods that might be more appropriate to different circumstances, and different contexts:

  • Whole Class Feedback Proformas
  • Annotated Examples- Pupils’ work
  • Teacher modelling or Providing Correct Answers
  • Strategies for Sixth Form

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Our (Simple) Literacy Policy: Revamped

A blog by Literacy CHAMPION, Katy Scott.

Distilling. It’s important. With all that teaching and learning noise out there we need to keep things simple. That’s what The Kennet Literacy Policy is – it distils what we know into black-and-white, simple sense. Continue Reading

The Shape of Feedback & Assessment

This week I returned to some scribbles that I produced some time ago with the aim of illustrating some different approaches to feedback and how these apply to different subjects. Time-effective feedback is a topic we’ve been blogging about for a few years now, but it seems increasingly relevant in the context of the debate around tackling teacher workload. Continue Reading

“MOTIVATION GETS YOU GOING. HABIT GETS YOU THERE”

Some reflections on Homework from Mrs Martin.

At the start of the year I shared this quote with you all. I’ve also shared it with many pupils in the past and reminded them that doing something once or twice doesn’t mean you’re all set.

Habits don’t happen overnight and when we talk about effective homework, this relies on creating positive habits. For the pupils; for us as teachers. Continue Reading

NQT Pearls of Wisdom

At the end of every year, the NQTs who have just completed their first year of teaching pass on their advice to the NQTs who are just starting. This is always a good opportunity for them to reflect on their practice and we end up with some good advice, not just for new teachers but also those of us who have been in the job for a while! So here is some of the advice that they shared: Continue Reading

Spend Less Time Marking (four blogs)

Perhaps because most of us are still up to our necks in mock marking, I’ve been reflecting on some of the time-effective marking practices that we have been advocating as a school over the past few years. I thought it would be a good time to gather together just some of the ideas on this topic and share them again with you. Continue Reading