Friday, 12 December 2014

Inquiry maths

Inquiry maths is a model of teaching that encourages students to regulate their own activity while exploring a mathematical statement (called a prompt). Inquiries can involve a class embarking on diverse paths of exploration or in listening to a teacher's exposition. In inquiry maths, students take responsibility for directing the lesson with the teacher acting as the arbiter of legitimate mathematical activity.

Place Value Inquiry 
Factors Inquiry 
An Inquiry Lesson

Masters at Bath Unversity

The Bath Experience

Daniel Serpa, Physics Teacher and Examinations Officer, Urca

When a Brazilian guy thinks about his future, he must assume that the only way to become successful would be via his studies, and in such a competitive time you cannot stop studying. At the same time you do need a job at least to support your family. But when your employers give you the opportunity to improve your knowledge, developing your abilities aiming to achieve another level in your profession, this is what every employee desires.
In 2009 I was accepted to do a Postgraduate course at the University of Warwick, and together with some friends from TBS we had a great experience visiting schools and working/studying at the University. Since 2013 I am a Masters student at the University of Bath; I´ve been to two MA Summer Schools (July 2013 &2014) to have lessons. Until this moment, three specific subjects related to my area of research. I am a part-time MA student and I need to complete my dissertation by the beginning of 2018, not before completing the minimum number of credits required by the University. The facilities, the teachers and the environment are absolutely inspiring to anyone that enjoys learning not only subject- related topics but also from different cultures presented/shared by different MA students from different backgrounds,  due to their international experience from all over the world.  I am certainly the kind of guy that really enjoys a good lesson rather than of any sort of online interaction, and I can ensure you that giving up two weeks of my holidays to study at Bath has been the best thing I have ever done to develop, not only my knowledge, but also my career as a Physics teacher. Thanks a lot for the opportunity, British School.

 Daniel Serpa
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How To Kill Learner Curiosity In 12 Easy Steps


Follow the link to twelve tips to help stifle learner curiosity


Project-based learning is a dynamic classroom approach in which students actively explore real world problems and challenges and acquire deeper knowledge.

An Introduction to Project-Based Learning

Project Based learning in the Early Years

    Innovative Practice: 5 Strategies for the Early Learning Classroom

    Enquiry Based Learning


Here are some useful resources for those first weeks back in 2015: 

Resources to help teachers with their new class

How to teach … a new class

Full Metal Jacket: one way to get discipline in your classroom after the holidays!

2015 Photography Awards

2015 Sony World Photography Awards entries, in pictures

  • World Photography Organisation has revealed some of the incredible submissions for the 2015 competition
  • Collection of photos is spectacular, with amazing photos of wildlife and some of world's greatest landscapes

  • Competition is open to photographers of all levels with professional, amateur and student categories  

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Resources available on Dylan Wiliam's website

This 130-page pack, written by Alice Onion, Sue Burns, Jim Thorpe and Dylan Wiliam, was originally published in 1990 by Framework Press to help teachers introduce investigative and problem-solving into the teaching of mathematics in secondary school. 

Eight issues of the Journal of Mathematical Modelling for Teachers were published between 1978 and 1981. The journal was edited by David Burghes (Cranfield Institute of Technology) and Graham Read (Open University) and had, as its aim, “the study of applicable mathematics through the publication of articles related to the modelling process”. 


Research (‘Inside the Black Box’ by Paul Black and Dylan Wiliam, 1998) has shown that there has been a tendency to mark for quantity and presentation of students’ work, rather than for its quality. The accumulation of grades and marks are given priority, rather than examining children's work to ascertain future learning needs. Grading and marking have also been found to have a detrimental effect on some pupils, and can lead to lower self-esteem, since children tend to focus on the grade itself rather than on the teacher’s comments to develop their understanding as to what to do better in future.  Grades alone do not show how to move students forward or improve their work.
The provision of effective marking and feedback to children is one of the key factors for improving learning through assessment.  The learner needs to understand the purpose of the learning, how to make improvements, and be given specific time to respond to comments or feedback.

Some interesting links:

Work scrutiny – What’s the point of marking books?

Make you marking policy a feedback one

Talk for Writing

These Teachers’ Notes have been specially written by Pie Corbett to assist teachers and librarians in the promotion and teaching of Tell Me a Dragon by Jackie Morris to help promote a love of good books, literature and reading among children.

Tell Me a Dragon

Linking intervention to inclusion

Intervention programmes have a crucial role to play in continuing to raise standards in literacy and mathematics. Monitoring students' progress and targeting support to help those who need to 'catch up' will help to ensure that all students make progress. The effective targeting and monitoring of the use of intervention programmes is vital if all children are to reach their potential.

Word Clouds


Word Clouds: 125 Ways… And Counting… To Use Wordle In The Classroom

word cloud generator

9 Word Cloud Generators That Aren’t Wordle

The best books of 2014

The best books of 2014