Author Archives: Ross Morrison McGill

#FathersDay: Reflections on all things fatherhood by @RossMcGill⤴

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Today is a very special day for all things fatherhood. “You never know how strong you are, until being strong is your only choice.” (Bob Marley) On the 27th July 2004, I was 5 days into a 6-week holiday in Thailand, when I received a phone-call from my sister-in-law. My father had passed away. I … Okumaya devam et

Defunct? The role of observations at interview by @TeacherToolkit⤴

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I have a bee in my bonnet and a professional-personal dilemma that I’d like to share with my readers. Context: *Disclaimer: This blog is not discussing job descriptions or candidate specifications. It is a challenge regarding the nature of one-off lesson observations used as part of the teacher-interview process for new appointments. It also makes … Okumaya devam et

Is self-assessment effective? by @Mroberts90Matt⤴

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This post answers the 36th question from my TeacherToolkit Thinking page of Thunks. Thunk 36: Is self-assessment effective? by @Mroberts90Matt Is self-assessment effective? Lesson completed, objectives identified, learning activity tackled, five minutes to go. As a trainee teacher for some reason I always seemed to have the desire instilled in me to conduct a self-assessment opportunity. … Okumaya devam et

The Last Lecture by @TeacherToolkit⤴

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This blog is a philosophical article. It is based on all the teaching and support staff in schools who are leaving their current positions at school (this term). It is also inspired by the story of Randy Pausch and his ‘Last Lecture’. Context: As I contemplate moving schools, I look to Pausch’s Last Lecture as … Okumaya devam et

Hurrah for @OfstedNews! #NoMoreGrades by @TeacherToolkit⤴

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Mike Cladingbowl (@MCladingbowl) realsed this document today (4th June) on the Ofsted website. Brace yourself … “Why I want to try inspecting without grading teaching in each individual lesson.” . Indeed, this is true and is very real! From 9th June 2014, Ofsted is piloting a new approach to the recording of evidence about the … Okumaya devam et

Using @IPEVO in the classroom by @TeacherToolkit⤴

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As a result of using Twitter, I have developed some very important online relationships with companies that have an impact in the classroom. This particular blog, is about @IPEVO and the difference they have made to teaching and learning in classrooms throughout my school. This is a ‘thank you’ blog. Context: At Greig City Academy, … Okumaya devam et

Get your #AssemblyMojo working by @TeacherToolkit⤴

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Starting out as a teacher, I was terrified at public speaking in assemblies and staff briefings. However, when starting out in middle leadership just 2½ years later, I discovered I had no choice. I had to speak and present on behalf of my faculty. It was the expected norm and as with all things teaching, … Okumaya devam et

How would you like to be observed? by @TeacherToolkit⤴

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As Ofsted continue to face yet more challenges over the validity of lesson observations, I discuss how best we can develop as teachers and ask the reader, ‘how would you like to be observed?’ Context: An article I wrote was published in The Guardian on 27th May 2014. Disappointingly, I wrote this some time ago … Okumaya devam et

The importance of #handwriting by @TeacherToolkit⤴

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I was recently forwarded an article that looks at the importance of handwriting during a time when digital platforms are increasingly taking precedent. It says: “that handwriting still forms a unique part of our culture and identity.“ Background: As an adult, my own handwriting has always been appalling and I know this is unacceptable as … Okumaya devam et

#EduSwapIt: A social-enterprise project⤴

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This is a non-profit social-enterprise project, using The Reciprocation Theory within an educational and cultural context. A deadline has been set for 31st May 2015. Context: The #EduSwapIt idea has come about from a daydream and recollection of The Million Dollar Homepage, (2005). The idea was formed by Alex Tew who wanted to raise cash to … Okumaya devam et