Monday, 27 April 2015

MA applications for 2016

Please find the links below, which we hope you find useful. They should help you consider various Postgraduate and M.A. choices if you decide to apply to Staff Development for funding further education studies next year.

World's top 100 universities 2015: their reputations ranked by Times Higher Education

TBS MA and Longer Study Applications for funding for 2016

If you are interested in applying for Postgraduate or M.A. studies for 2016, please submit a detailed letter to the school’s Education Leadership Team, via Craig Woollard, by 14th of May. Your letter must state:

  • the name/s of the universities you have personally researched
  • the course/s that interest you
  • the reasons that have informed your choice 
  • the impact you anticipate the award of an MA will have on learning
  • the impact you anticipate the award of an MA will have on your own teaching and that of your colleagues

Please note, the school no longer supports applications for further studies with Bishop Grosseteste University College.

Applications are considered by the school's Education Leadership Team within the limted funding available.

Web tools 2.0

Web 2.0 Tools

Great way to share posters and images you’ve made with friends

Innovative way to share presentations without PowerPoint

An online notice board maker (or bulletin board if you choose)

Make beautiful videos from images in a snap

Make your images talk.

Create a beautiful aggregation of any amount of text

Get your own avatar and even have it talk with your voice

Create and share stories, games, art, etc.

Build your own stories (with images) and share them with others

Easily publish custom comic strips

Mosey lets you pick a location, easily choose places in the area that you’d like to “visit,” grab images off the web, shows the places on map, and lets you add notes. You’re then give a unique url address to your creation. It’s a good tool for geography class or for planning a real field trip.

emaze is a new slideshow creation tool that looks neat and pretty darn easy. TechCrunch says it hits the “Sweet Spot Between PowerPoint And Prezi.”

Pinwords lets you create visually attractive quotations and is especially good because it’s web-based and lets you grab images off the web to use.

buncee lets you easily create simple multimedia creations — almost like an extended virtual postcard. You can grab media off the web and add text.

Sketchlot lets students…sketch and draw online. Teachers sign-up and can create a class roster letting students log-in, and drawings are embeddable.

I Wish You To lets you easily draw and create your own Ecards, which you can post, embed, and/or send to someone — and no registration is required.

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Some educators say a “good” education is one that ensures that all 
students learn certain core information and master certain competencies. Others define a “good” education as one that helps students maximise their capacity as learners.
Carol Ann Tomlinson

Professional Reading:
Classroom Instruction that Works: Robert Marzano
The Differentiated Classroom: Carol Ann Tomlinson

Strategies for the classroom:
Learning Menus
Empower students through giving them CHOICE while ensuring adherence to important LEARNING GOALS. Learning menus outline a variety of instructional options targeted toward important learning goals. Students are able to select the choices that most appeal to them.  The teacher directs the menu process, but the student is given control over his/her choice of options, order of completion, etc.

Choice Boards are  simple way to give students alternative ways of exploring and expressing key ideas and using key skills.The number of rows and cells can be adjusted.

Dinner Menus are an option based on selecting choices from a "dinner menu."
Dinner menu

Stephen Downes

Stephen Downes is a designer and commentator in the fields of online learning and new media. Downes has explored and promoted the educational use of computer and online technologies since 1995.

Visit his website to read collections of his talks, publications, presentations and other writings.



At our recent Education Conference, Ewan McIntosh discussed the usefulness of TED talks in lessons and learning.

The non-profit started out as a conference in 1984 with the intention of "bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design." TED features more than 1,114 free, award-winning talks, with more added each week. Released under a Creative Commons license, the videos can be freely shared and reposted. TED speakers discuss a wide array of topics—from technology and design to science and culture—and present them in the most innovative and engaging ways possible within an 18-minute window of time. Past presenters include Microsoft's Bill Gates, Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, a number of Nobel Prize winners, Amazon's Jeff Bezos, Stephen Hawking, Bill Clinton, and Jane Goodall.

The Telegraph: Book Prizes

Online, interactive and educational games

Choose from fun, educational, interactive games and simulations for maths, English, science, social studies, brainteasers, music, art, holidays and more!

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

The British School Education Conference

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Handouts and Slides all stored in the folder. Please follow the link below:

S:\Staff Development\Information for Staff\Resources from TBS Conference 

When is Cheryl's birthday?' The tricky maths problem that has everyone stumped

Cheryl asks Bernard and Albert to work out her birthday but a simple question from a test in Singapore has left the internet asking: what is Cheryl's birth date?

Cheryl gives her new friends Albert and Bernard 10 possible dates when they enquired about her birthday

For the answer, click on the link!

Connectives or Conjunctions?

Connectives & Conjunctions

Here are the definitions of connectives and conjunctions taken from the NLS, 


A word used to link clauses within a sentence. For example, in the following 
sentences, but and if are conjunctions: 
It was raining but it wasn’t cold. 
We won’t go out if the weather’s bad.

There are two kinds of conjunction:
a. Co-ordinating conjunctions (and, but, or and so). These join (and are placed
between) two clauses of equal weight. 
Do you want to go now or shall we wait a bit longer?
And, but and or are also used to join words or phrases within a clause.

b. Subordinating conjunctions (eg when, while, before, after, since, until, if, 
because, although, that). These go at the beginning of a subordinate clause: 
We were hungry because we hadn’t eaten all day. 
Although we’d had plenty to eat, we were still hungry. 
We were hungry when we got home.


A connective is a word or phrase that links clauses or sentences. Connectives 
can be conjunctions (eg but, when, because) or connecting adverbs (eg 
however, then, therefore).
Connecting adverbs (and adverbial phrases and clauses) maintain the cohesion 

of a text in several basic ways, including:
addition: also, furthermore, moreover
opposition: however, nevertheless, on the other hand
reinforcing: besides, anyway, after all
explaining: for example, in other words, that is to say
listing: first(ly), first of all, finally
indicating result: therefore, consequently, as a result
indicating time: just then, meanwhile, later

Commas are often used to mark off connecting adverbs or adverbial phrases 

First of all, I want to say …
I didn’t think much of the film. Helen, on the other hand, enjoyed it.

Connecting adverbs and conjunctions function differently. Conjunctions (like 
but and although) join clauses within a sentence. Connecting adverbs (like 
however) connect ideas but the clauses remain separate sentences:
I was angry but I didn’t say anything. (but is a conjunction - one sentence)
Although I was angry, I didn’t say anything. (although is a conjunction - one 
I was angry. However, I didn’t say anything. (however is an adverb - two 

This is a great article: Connectives are not equal  

A Great Classmate... Ideas to support our learner profile

Beginning of the year

Great for beginning of year!!

Talk for Writing

Talk for Writing ideas on Pinterest:

Guided Reading

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Guided Reading is a differentiated strategy that enables the teacher to support a small group of children in talking, reading and thinking their way purposefully through an unfamiliar text.  During guided reading, children consolidate their learning from previous experiences: modelled, shared and group emergent sessions.

Why Guided Reading?

To help children:
• learn and apply independent reading strategies successfully;
• actively problem solve challenges in the text;
• develop positive attitudes to reading in a collective rather than a solitary environment;
• take risks in a safe, supportive small group with readers of a similar ability;
• students support each other and work collaboratively;
• develop their understanding of the text;
• explore themes and ideas, making connections with their own experiences;
• understand the purpose of the text;
• explore the language and features of texts

Handouts and Slides all stored in the folder. Please follow the link below:

S:\Staff Development\Information for Staff\Assistant Teacher Learning modules\Reading

Resources to support guided reading using non-fiction texts

Strategies for teaching non-fictional informational texts

Non-fiction graphic organisers

A readers toolkit

Low Level Disruption

Low-level disruption can often be one of the most difficult classroom challenges to handle. 

Osiris Staffroom article by Dr Bill Rogers

More strategies for low level disruption:

Sec-ed: NQT Special - Tips to tackle low-level disruption

Below the radar: low-level disruption inthe country’s classrooms 

Classroom disruption top tips

Strategies for low level disruption

Managing students behaviour

Low-level classroom disruption hits learning, Ofsted warns

Pupils' real classroom behaviour caught on camera

Minecraft Lessons

Teaching with MinecraftEdu

Three ways to use Minecraft in lessons

Ideas for Using Minecraft in the Classroom

The Power of Union is Strength - Crabs VS Ants VS Penguins Advertisement

A video about the power of working together that could be useful for PSHE. It could also be used to stimulate discussions relating to playground behaviour, standing up for each other, etc.

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

The British School Education Conference Survey

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If you haven't already done so, please take time to complete a short survey about our recent education conference, Inspiring Learning: Taking the Initiative.

The link to the survey is here: 

Survey Monkey

Handouts and slides from the TBS Conference

Handouts and Slides all stored in the folder. Please follow the link below:

S:\Staff Development\Information for Staff\Resources from TBS Conference 

Using Think-Alouds to Improve Reading Comprehension

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To model for students the thought processes that take place when difficult material is read. When using think alouds, teachers verbalise their thoughts while they are reading orally. Students will understand comprehension strategies better because they can see how the mind works and can respond to thinking through trouble spots and constructing meaning from text.

Links on Think Alouds:

Think aloud strategy

Reading Rockets

Think-Aloud Strategy Aids Science Reading (with video):

Think-Aloud Strategy Aids Science Reading

From Literacy Camp 2011:

Fisher & Frey's Gradual Release of Responsibility - a Think Aloud can be used duing the "Focus Lesson" (see diagram below)


Why Is English Spelling So Weird?

English spelling might seem crazy and unfair, but there are many reasons for how it has evolved to be the way it is now. Here is a brief history, in words and pictures, of our weird spelling system and the people who made it.