Tag Archives: Phil Beadle

Thinking like a writer

How do we get better at writing? By writing. The advice I always give to students to improve their writing is to write. Often. Everyday if possible. This might be a private

Icebergs, taking risks & being outstanding

How do we recognise a great teacher, a great lesson or great teaching and learning? How do we know what we’re seeing is outstanding? The sad truth is that often observers don’t

Live Lesson Obs: Making lesson observations formative

You can push and prod people into something better than mediocrity, but you have to encourage excellence. David Lammy We’ve all experienced the dread and agony of formal lesson observations, haven’t we?

The mathematics of writing

A mathematician, like a painter or a poet, is a maker of patterns… The mathematician’s patterns, like the painter’s or the poet’s must be beautiful; the ideas like the colours or the

Planning a ‘perfect’ lesson

How long does a decent lesson take to plan? Ofsted have recently made clear that they’re not interested in over complicated lesson plans noting that “excessive detail within plans causes teachers to lose

Is SOLO a waste of time?

Stop blaming your lack of experimentation, risk and innovation on your lack of time. Hywel Roberts – Oops! Helping Children Learn Accidentally It was pointed out to me recently that I can

The ultimate teaching technique

UPDATE: I no longer agree with any of the following. It remains on my blog as a warning against hubris. June, 2016 Maybe it’s just me, but I seem to be encountering

How to have a successful life

This week Mr Phil Beadle graced us with his towering presence and ‘edutained’ 60 Year 11 students. I was going to call this post “Beadle’s About” but I’m sure he’s heartily sick

Reasons to be cheerful

So, it’s now the fourth week back and despite been plum tuckered (I’ve a vague notion that this means tired) I’m still smiling. I’ve just read Kenny Pieper’s latest post on how

Back to school

What I really like about going back to school in September is that it’s a new year with no mistakes. The students’ books are graffiti free and and all the dates and

Differentiation: to do or not to do?

Of all the impossible tasks expected of poor, over-worked teachers, differentiation is the most troublesome. Why? Because on the one hand, if you did it properly every lesson you’d be reduced to

What’s the point of homework?

Father: What’s all those books then? Son: That’s my homework dad. Father: You know what son, if they can’t teach you all the stuff you need to know during the day, they