What if we started trusting teachers?

Who would not rather trust and be deceived? – Eliza Cook The only way to make a man trustworthy is to trust him. – Henry Lewis Stimson I’ve been out of the classroom for

Closing the language gap: Building vocabulary

But words are things, and a small drop of ink, falling like dew, upon a thought, produces that which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think. Lord Byron Like most teachers, as soon as

Are we fetishising marking?

When you make something a fetish, ashes and dusts will laugh at you, because they know even the most valuable fetishes will turn into dusts and ashes! Mehmet Murat ildan Last night

Teacher appraisal and the fundamental attribution error

As favour and riches forsake a man, we discover in him the foolishness they concealed, and which no one perceived before. Jean de La Bruyère You know that lad in Year 9

Why do we overestimate the importance of differences?

“For a difference to be a difference, it must make a difference.” William James We’re all different. Obviously. Just like snowflakes, human beings are all special, unique and entirely individual. But like snowflakes,

Turning the tanker: lesson grading

I spent a good part of the past year or so railing against the injustices of lesson grading: My impatience with some Ofsted inspectors 24th July 2014 Ofsted: The end of the (lesson grading)

Some thoughts on truth

Every truth has two sides. It is well to look at both before we commit ourselves to either side. Aesop This weekend I took part in a panel discussion on the meaning

Negative framing and No Pens Days

The framing effect is an example of cognitive bias, in which our reaction choices depends on whether it they are presented as a loss or a gain. Our tendency is to avoid risks when they’re framed

The surplus model of school improvement

As teachers we are sometimes guilty of assuming that all would be well if only children behaved better and worked harder. This is basically sound; everything would be better is kids did what

Can you be too independent?

If the man doesn’t believe as we do, we say he is a crank, and that settles it. I mean, it does nowadays, because now we can’t burn him. Mark Twain Today

Where do I want my daughters to go to school?

My eldest daughter is in Year 6 and applications for secondary school applications need to be in by the end of October. To my shame, I’ve taken the route my middle-class parents

Forget about assessing learning after lessons

Today I not only have my first ever article published by the TES, it’s made the front page! Those of you familiar with my output will recognise the arguments and be familiar with

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