A timely earworm for me this week as I am marking philosophy exam scripts. The lyrics are actually about our broken society, but the title of the song speaks to me as I try to decipher scrawly handwriting and make the best sense I can of the jumbled thoughts written under pressure. Education could, and should, be more kind, in my opinion.
This semester has been particularly hard, with the strike action and weather leading to lost teaching time – and the need to be lenient yet fair while marking seems all the more important. This way of assessing students doesn’t seem at all kind to me.
As a teacher I value pupil voice and understand the importance of quality feedback which needs to be more of a conversation than a statement. In practice though it can be difficult to achieve this without it becoming unmanageable. One change to my teaching practice this week has really made a difference to the quality […]
This blog is based on my teaching experience alone. Now, I do not mean to be inflammatory here, as I am fully aware that we need to celebrate teaching and this type of blogpost does nothing to raise morale or status. So, apologies for that in the first instance. We all do what we can … Continue reading →
In this blog, I aim to show how a department can evolve throughout the academic year; given our recent focus on departmental and whole-school, book-monitoring. The evidence is clear … Teachers must mark books. Context: Back in December 2013, I wrote about #BookLooks and Mantras: The Ugly Truth; regarding what we have managed to achieve … Continue reading →
This week, I nodded off at my office desk marking! I know … Shocking! Context: But, allow me to give you some context. After blogging about #ThePinch and explaining to readers, that at this time of the year, teachers are fraught with high-emotions and frayed tempers; fuelled by the subliminal pressures of accountability and performance … Continue reading →
This short and quirky blog, is my own twist on ‘Twas the night before Christmas. The context for this poem; is a seasonal-twist on a clandestine group of teachers, who have premeditated a plan, to sneak into their own school building over the Christmas break. Their mission: to steal all the students’ books in order … Continue reading »
Marking is a tribulation in the life of every teacher. It is equally, the most constructive tool that a teacher can use to empower students and aid their learning; as well as your own teaching! Here, I outline why ‘I want to be a #SmartAss’. In this short article, I endeavour to provide the reader … Continue reading »
I am writing to offer an update, regarding what we have managed to achieve this term and what impact this is having on raising standards of teaching and learning. In early September 2013, I wrote here about why we were “placing #LearningWalks in Room 101“. I wrote about many other things too, but I aim … Continue reading »
Now that I have your attention; this post is all about marking; feedback; re-drafting and book scrutiny. Definitions: Peepshows = Observations; Learning Walks; Book Scrutiny; Faculty Reviews. Rubbernecks = Observers who twist one’s head; to stare at something in a foolish manner in order to find flaws. I recently published that, as a school; ‘Why … Continue reading »
This academic year, we have shelved #LearningWalks. This is nothing to do with fashion or fad. It is purely a localised issue, dependent on the needs of our own school. So please, do not take this blogpost as verbatim. Slightly short of 3 years, I first arrived at my current school as assistant principal, with … Continue reading »