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How to Set Up a ‘No Points Off for Late Work’ Policy | Edutopia

A look at how one teacher adjusted her policies to encourage learners to turn in quality assignments, even if they were late. Ultimately, my students and I both appreciated the … Continue reading

May 11, 2022 · Leave a comment

Instacap – Instant annotation & visual feedback tool

Instant annotation & screen capture tool for visual collaboration & feedback, available as a free Chrome extension. Try it for free; paid individual and team plans are also available. Find … Continue reading

March 25, 2022 · Leave a comment

The Necessity of Finding More Ways to Praise Students | Edutopia

Encouraging students is not enough, says a new study – you actually have to raise your ratio of praise to reprimands dramatically, and that might mean keeping track. Creating a … Continue reading

November 10, 2021 · Leave a comment

Assessment: What is it Good For?

I found this outline of an assessment protocol quite interesting and thought it could help in moving the curriculum in more engaging directions in developing more autonomous and independent learners… … Continue reading

June 21, 2021 · Leave a comment

How to Be a Warm Demander During the Pandemic | Edutopia

The concept of being a “warm demander” has been held as an ideal approach for educators to adopt, especially as they pursue more equitable practices in education. Balancing warmth and … Continue reading

March 17, 2021 · Leave a comment

8 Quick Formative Assessment Strategies to Check for Understanding | Edutopia

Using formative assessments designed to check for understanding and provide students with feedback and support is one of the most effective ways to improve and enhance student learning. Yet because … Continue reading

February 10, 2021 · Leave a comment

How to Make the Most of Student Feedback During Distance Learning | Edutopia

It’s harder to read a class when students are learning at home, so teachers need to explicitly ask for feedback. When I’m teaching in a physical classroom, the data seems rich … Continue reading

December 21, 2020 · Leave a comment

Education: Still trying to catch up with Lego!

This sounds like the template for a modern education.  

September 14, 2020 · Leave a comment

Best wishes and a free gift for schools in the new academic year: an international CPD library!

Let me begin by wishing you and your school every success in this new academic year, which appears to have all the makings of the most challenging of your career … Continue reading

September 2, 2020 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Resolutions For Learning

I am indebted to Sharon Dominie for this insight into learning. We seem to live in a world in which we are less tolerant of others, of difference, of humanity. … Continue reading

August 27, 2020 · Leave a comment

Ways to Make Teaching a More Sustainable Profession | Edutopia

Tips for school leaders seeking to foster an environment that supports, engages, and motivates teachers. With each day that I work with teachers, I am more convinced that it is vital … Continue reading

August 19, 2020 · Leave a comment

Beyond Coronavirus: Templates for sustainable improvement in learning for schools

As the summer term comes to an end in British schools, thoughts turn to the new academic year in September. The disruption brought by the Coronavirus has been fundamental and … Continue reading

July 24, 2020 · Leave a comment

Designing Learning Units

Perhaps the Covid-19 crisis has had you devoting more time to lesson and unit design recently. If you are unlucky, you will have concentrated purely on knowledge transmission which tends … Continue reading

June 29, 2020 · Leave a comment

Characteristics of Sound Leadership from Ross Morrison McGill

Ross Morrison McGill can usually be relied upon to hit the hammer on the head when it comes to teaching and this diagram from 2016 just about covers the key … Continue reading

June 19, 2020 · Leave a comment

Learning and Schools post Covid-19 Paper for Global Citizenship Foundation

I recently had an invitation to contribute to a webinar organised by the Global Citizenship Foundation on the subject of the shape of education post-Covid-19. Here is the paper generated: … Continue reading

June 15, 2020 · 1 Comment

Beyond Covid 19: Education in the Time of Corona, June 6th 2020

I’m honoured to be part of this panel of distinguished educators on the Online Educational Leadership Forum for a discussion about education beyond the virus. The COVID-19 crisis is unprecedented … Continue reading

June 5, 2020 · 1 Comment

Principles of Giving Good Feedback

As part of Ross Morrison McGill’s TeacherToolkit series, he outlines the guiding principles behind good feedback. Guidance on giving good and effective feedback is lamentably under-developed in schools and tends … Continue reading

May 29, 2020 · Leave a comment

Summative Assessment in Distance Learning | Edutopia

Whether schools are using regular grades or not, teachers need to accurately assess learning while their students are at home. These are some helpful ideas to consider from Andrew Miller … Continue reading

May 27, 2020 · Leave a comment

How to Do Formative Assessment in Distance Learning | Edutopia

Formative assessment at a distance is challenging but possible, and we still need to check for understanding and provide meaningful feedback. The practices we use will look and sound different … Continue reading

May 27, 2020 · Leave a comment

4 Key Aspects of Teaching a K–12 Online Class | Edutopia

What an educator with experience teaching online has learned about structuring students’ online and offline experiences and how to provide feedback to keep the learning going. Read the article here: … Continue reading

May 22, 2020 · Leave a comment

Collaborations: The Way Forward in School Improvement

I was very taken with this graphic when I saw it on a post of one of my LinkedIn colleagues. It seemed to perfectly sum up my conception of a … Continue reading

May 20, 2020 · Leave a comment

Prompting Improvements

Sound advice for young people… concentrate on the HOW and not the WHAT of learning.

March 20, 2020 · Leave a comment

School-based teacher-led educational research: how to get started

I’ve often been surprised at how reluctant senior leaders are in schools to engage in a little academic research to improve the provision in their schools and address the ‘in-house’ … Continue reading

March 16, 2020 · Leave a comment

The Importance of System Thinking Skills for Learners of All Ages

BOLD is becoming one of my favourite online sources for leading-edge articles on the future of learning. The themes developed there are very much in line with the philosophy of … Continue reading

March 2, 2020 · Leave a comment

Which Countries Have the Smartest Education Systems, and in Which Direction Are They Headed?

Although the article by the World Economic Forum linked at the end of this piece is entitled ‘Which countries have the smartest kids?’ it shows nothing of the kind. The … Continue reading

February 21, 2020 · Leave a comment

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