Archive | September, 2012


29 Sep

Today’s TeachMeet session was inspiring! Four fabulous presentations from five colleagues had our audience of over twenty  totally hooked! If you missed out – shame on you – you can see some of the resources below. It is hard to read them and appreciate the details added during the verbal presentations so I would urge you to join us for the next meeting – on Friday 26th October 2012 at 1pm in R23!

You can take a peek at the resources below:

KateDebatingDebating in the curriculum – Kate

KevinSeating Plans– Kevin outlined a number of ways that he uses his Smartboard Notebook to monitor seating plans. He also uses the tool to: colour code pupils, indicating group work possibilities; show levels of attainment on a previous topic; identify exam re-sits to aid peer support and collaboration; to write homework tasks on, so when he pulls up the seating plan it acts as a reminder to collect the homework in! The Notebook file unfortunately cannot be uploaded on to the blog as it is not compatible. Please look on the P Drive under – Teaching and Learning – TeachMeet – Staff Presentations – ‘Kevin Seating Plans’.

Emma Seating PlansGroup work – Emma

Gemma & SamSocrative – have a look at the website for more information and come to next month’s TeachMeet to learn more about using this tool in your classroom!


Monitoring Progress?

28 Sep

The History Department have introduced a new method of sharing levels with students and utilising them in each and every lesson. The worksheet below has been placed in the front of every exercise book and each activity delivered in the lesson links to the progressive levels. This allows students to understand which level they are working at and how they can progress to the next level.

History tracking progress

The next Spotlight focus, following the current focus on STARTERS, will look at learning objectives and levelled learning outcomes. This is an excellent example of this work in action and I look forward to having the opportunity to learn more about how the department delivers this in lessons during those spotlight observations.

Thunk Thursday!

28 Sep

We are keen to promote the development of thinking skills and so we are launching…


Every week Jill will be providing us with a Thunk to use with any tutor group or class to encourage them to think laterally and discuss or debate their opinions. Watch this space…first thunk will be winging its way to you next week!

Free Resources

26 Sep

Zoe has identified a free web resource of downloadable digital media and lesson resources which are good for KS4 and KS5. There are lots of jigsaw activities and carousels to ease the planning of differentiation that can be adapted for stretch and challenge.





New Spotlighting Focus

24 Sep

I have visited over sixty lessons over the last ten days, witnessing first hand the establishment of routines and relationships. Our students are very secure in their learning environments and good learning behaviours and habits are being formed.

The new spotlight focus for the next ten days weeks will focus on how we start our lessons. I am aware that many staff have unique strategies for getting their lessons off to a purposeful start so I intend to pop in to the start of as many lessons as possible to collate strategies. If you have a particular lesson start that you would like me to visit, please email me and let me know. I will place all the strategies on the blog so please do email me any resources or web links and keep your eyes peeled for updates!

Assessment for Learning Resources

24 Sep

Roy posted a link to the TES website last week to share some assessment for learning resources. The PowerPoint is really useful so I have popped the link onto the blog too so that we don’t lose it!


(Taken from the TES)

Useful Websites

24 Sep

A number of useful websites for teaching tools and strategies: