Category Archives: training

Developing expertise #4 Acknowledge emotions

In previous posts I’ve discussed how creating the right environment, seeking better feedback and creating ‘circuit breakers’ could help us the develop the kind of expertise required to hone our intuition. This post discusses the role of emotions and how

Developing expertise #3: Circuit breakers

We’ve already seen how creating the right environment and seeking better feedback might help us the develop the kind of expertise required to make genuinely intuitive judgements and this post I’ll discuss

Developing expertise #2 – Seek feedback

In my previous post I suggested the first step for teachers to develop expertise was to find ways to change the environment so that the feedback we get is unbiased. In this

Developing expertise #1 Create the right environment

In this post I discussed why teachers’ experience might not translate directly into expertise. This is the first of a series exploring some of the different ways we could increase the likelihood

Developing intuition: when can you trust your gut?

At the talk I gave on intuition at Wellington College’s Education Festival on Thursday, I ended up not using the slides I’d prepared and wandering a bit off topic. Here follows what I’d planned

Top Gun for Teachers

On March 3, 1969 the United States Navy established an elite school for the top one percent of its pilots. Its purpose was to teach the lost art of aerial combat and

Can anyone teach? Well, that depends on what you think education is for

In a fascinating series of posts, Nick Rose has discussed to what extent teaching is a natural ability and how far it might be described as an ‘artificial’ science. In The ‘artificial science’ of teaching:

Questions about questioning: just how important is it?

“He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.” Nietzsche It’s a little tiresome, but I feel I must preface this by saying that these are just my

What 3 things would you do to help a teacher improve?

If there was no OfSTED, no league tables, no SLT… just you and your class. What would you choose to do to make it GREAT? Do that anyway… Tom Sherrington Every teacher

Has lesson observation become the new Brain Gym?

I’ve thought a lot about lesson observation over the past couple of years and have come to the conclusion that it is broken. What is most worrying is that it is almost

The shocking mediation of Ofsted criteria by ‘rogue’ inspectors

There’s a lot said and written about what Ofsted do and don’t want to see in lessons, and it turns out a lot of it is nonsense. Fortunately though we have Michael

What is (or isn’t) language doing in PGCE?

After yesterday’s post on the subject of how to improve the PGCE, Lee Donaghy tweeted me to point out that I had neglected to mention the importance of trainee teachers learning knowledge about