Archive | May, 2013

TED Tuesday

21 May

Grit. Is it the answer?

The Key to Success?


I know it is a Wednesday…

15 May

..and normally TED Talks are limited to Tuesday blog posts, but this one caught my eye.

Bill Gates. Teachers. The value of feedback. And how they want to support teachers in the US.


Bill Gates


TED Tuesday

14 May

Every pupil needs…

This is worth seven minutes of your day…seriously…

TeachMeet June

13 May

The next TeachMeet will take place on Friday 7th June at 1.05pm. This month it will be held in M2 and the focus is ‘Key Stage 5 Teaching and Learning’. We currently have three presenters lined up:

Lesson Structure – Jo (7 minutes)

Outstanding Lessons: A Student Perspective – Rona (7 minutes)

Tackling Exam Questions – Imogen (2 minutes)

If you would like to present then please do let me know.

An Essential Read

13 May

Relationships in life are critical and, so often, conversations can take relationships down a pathway that leads to misunderstanding, confusion or resentment. Equally, a lack of dialogue can result in the snowballing of issues and this has a negative impact on all involved…and all those on the periphery. Over the last few years I have become increasingly aware of the power of conversation and how critical my role is in ensuring that it is healthy, open and honest dialogue. I have just read this book –  Crucial Conversations – by Ron McMillan. It is a ‘to-the-point’ text and is a refreshing reminder of the skills that we have but so often fail to use effectively when we engage in the most crucial conversations.

I’m not promoting Amazon as the only consumer outlet, but this is worth further investigation:

Crucial Conversations


8 May

Well, do you know if they ‘geddit’? This might be useful…



8 May

This blog post links perfectly with the CPD delivered by Jo on ‘Questioning’ last week. An informative and thought-provoking read.

Probing Questions…