Category Archives: training

Leading literacy in schools

Leading on literacy can be a thoroughly thankless task. It can often feel like you’re working incredibly hard to produce resources and strategies which colleagues at best ignore and at worst resent.

5 things every new (secondary) teacher should know about writing

Academic success is dependent on students being able to communicate their understanding of a subject and, sooner or later, that communication will be written. For many secondary teachers writing is something that just happens;

5 things every new (secondary) teacher should know about reading

Reading’s a funny old business. Generally, secondary school teachers  expect kids to come with a pre-loaded reading module. If they have it, all well and good. If they don’t, we’re stuffed. Luckily, the

Five things every new teacher needs to know about behaviour management

Managing students’ behaviour can be the most terrifying aspect of becoming a teacher. Although it’s the nightmare scenarios of being told to eff off on your first day, or having a chair

What do new teachers need to know about behaviour management?

Full disclosure: this article appeared first on the Teachers Register blog. Teachers Register is an online solution for schools needing supply teachers without wanting the hassle of going through a supply agency. You

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: