Monday, 27 June 2016

Talk for Writing

Formative assessment in literacy

Formative assessment in literacy

In the first of a series of four articles inspired by new research into formative assessment and teaching writing, Pie Corbett looks at what makes words work.

Learning Objectives and Success Criteria

John Hattie Learning Intentions & Success Criteria

‘… success criteria summarise the key steps or ingredients the student needs in order to fulfil the learning intention – the main things to do, include or focus on.’
  - Shirley Clarke

Examples of Success Criteria for writing from Reception to Class 4:

Success Criteria Writing 1

Success Criteria Writing 2

Marking and Success Criteria

Process Mathematics Success Criteria:

TES: Steps to Success

SE2 Mathematics: Success Criteria

Process Success Criteria


6 Ways to Help Students Understand Maths

Documentry: Most Likely to Succeed

Most Likely To Succeed

Plot Summary:

The current educational system in the United States was developed a century ago during the rise of the industrial age and was once the envy of the world. However, the world economy has since transformed profoundly, but the US education system has not. Schools are attempting to teach and test skills, when mastered, that still leave graduates woefully unprepared for the 21st Century. After presenting this problem, the documentary focuses on the story of a school in San Diego that is completely rethinking what the experience of going to school looks like. As we follow students, parents and teachers through a truly unorthodox school experience, the audience is forced to consider what sort of educational environment is most likely to succeed in the 21st century?

Most Likely to Succeed

Fixed vs Growth mindset

Training Fleas

Carol Dweck and the effect of praise

 Jo Boaler on growing neural pathways


Teachwire logo

Free Learning and Teaching resources for Early Years, Primary and Secondary


Peer Feedback


Peer feedback can be defined as ‘a communication process through which learners enter into dialogues related to performance and standards’ (Lui & Carless, 2006, p. 280). 

... the greatest effects on student learning occur when the teachers become learners of their own teaching and the students become their own teachers.

John Hattie
Visible Learning (2009, p22)

Effective Peer feedback Strategies

Tips on reducing teacher stress from the ‘happiest school on earth’

Is this the happiest school on earth? – video

Thursday, 16 June 2016

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David Almond

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A humble giant of a writer

David Almond - 'A humble giant of a writer'

'We need to break away from narrow notions of learning into something more tender, more creative, more complex that explores the strangeness of the human heart, that explores the real world and real objects and the mystery of them. Mina's character shows that there are so many ways to be educated beyond SATS tests…'
 'If you dream hard enough, if you read hard enough. You are going to do great things. I sometimes look at politicians and think come and see and listen to these children. Sit there, shut up and don't interrupt and stop talking about targets and driving standards up.'
 'A lot of learning comes from the exploring the subconscious mind and creativity. Education policy doesn't encourage us to explore that. I wrote Skellig as in a dream, I became the story, rhythm and beat of the words. I think we need to return to some of the more philosophical questions about teaching and learning…'
'I love writing for young people because what they know is that they don't know everything.'

David Almond, the author of Skellig

Deconstructed Role Play Areas

Amazing Role Play? Deconstruct it!


 "the whatever you want it to be place"
Pat Broadhead 

"So, you create a space that is full of things that can be anything. It is like that old saying about children getting expensive toys for Christmas and then playing with the box! There is good reason for that. A toy is a toy, but a box has a million possibilities (at least)!"
Alistair Bryce Clegg

More ideas for creative role play areas:

English as a Foreign Language

Ways to encourage more use of English in class

A simple checklist from the British Council may help.

  • Always present yourself as an English speaker, right from the start.
  • Don’t be tempted to lapse into the students’ language to explain, regain control or reply to a question. Patiently reply in English.
  • Don’t be tempted to slow down.
  • You may feel put off when they call to each other in their mother tongue What’s she saying?” Use pictures, gesture, facial expression and rephrasing to get your message across.
  • Lapsing into quick explanations in their language will undermine your role. Tuning-in will take time! Keep at it!

How do I motivate my students to speak English instead of their native language in class?

Ideas for the ESL Classroom

EFL Press


Creative approaches to storytelling the Early Years

Creative techniques and activities to engage and educate young students

Teach Early Years


Five ways to boost mental health

Love Learning Ideas

Ruth Powley’s extraordinary meta-blog and research 

summary machine Love Learning Ideas

Ideas, Strategies & Resources for the Busy Teacher

Friday, 10 June 2016

Making Thinking Visible

Thinking Routines. Great to use as part of 'Reading as a Reader' stage of the Talk for Writing teaching sequence. 

These thinking routines can be simple structures, such as reading from a text and answering the questions at the end of the chapter, or they may be designed to promote students' thinking, such as asking students what they know, what they want to know, and what they have learned as part of a unit of study.

Thinking Routines

Thinking Routines Posters

Outdoor Learning

Wild Things:How ditching the classroom boost's children´s mental health

Outdoor Learning Resources:

Secret Teacher

A family of elephants

Secret Teacher: I protect and nurture my staff like a doting parent

Read on...

Literacy Planning Units

The following Literacy units provide teachers with ideas and resources to inspire young readers and writers. The Literacy units often begin with an exciting, interesting or unusual experience – giving the children a ‘real-life’ experience, something to write about.

Literacy Planning Units

Emma Rodgers Education

Science videos

ScienceFix is a resource for Senior school science teachers. It has resources (created by Darren Fix), that teachers can use such as lessons and video demonstrations. 

Science Fix

Author: Meg Rosoff

Meg Rosoff's speech at the ALMA award ceremony

Accepting the Astrid Lindgren award, the YA novelist attacked overwhelming stress on exams over culture.

Meg Rosoff condemns UK education policy as an 'assault on childhood'

Principals Page

principals page

A blog centred on school administration issues. In addition to personal anecdotes, tips, and education philosophy, he writes various articles for other websites that you can find on his site. Examples of his work include The Connection Between Teachers and Smartphones, and how Social Media Connects Educators.