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Becoming a (Metacognitive) Teacher - Part 1. 26 May 2017 In a recent EEF focus group held in school we spent some time trying to define metacognition and what it looks like in practice.

Becoming a (Metacognitive) Teacher - Part 1

It became clear that what teachers wanted was an example of what this actually means in practice. In order to provide some insight on this I wanted to share what I have been doing with metacognition over the last two years… Last year, while training for my PGCE-(lifelong learning), I took the opportunity to try out some of the metacognitive techniques I had been learning in school (Tomsett, 2015a, 2015b, 2015c, Norris, 2016) to help boost the attainment of my adult GCSE Biology students in College.

All my adult students require a C grade pass or higher to move on to their chosen path in nursing, primary teaching, or university, so the pressure was on. What is metacognition? Metacognition, first coined by Flavell (1979) describes the processes of learning how to learn. But what does it look like in practice? The problem Breaking down the problem: 10 Marking and Feedback Strategies. Reading Time: 3 minutes.

10 Marking and Feedback Strategies

What feedback techniques could you use that make students act on feedback? There are a few days left before the end of half-term and feedback and marking will be required before the holidays begin. @TeacherToolkit. Reading Time: 5 minutes.


Over the past two years, I have been aiming to improve delivery of homework in my own classroom. In this post, I have provided a much-needed context for my readers, regarding #TakeAwayHmk. Here, I have collected a range of evidence from teachers up and down the UK; and from a sample of subjects. At the foot of this article, you will also find a review for a new book by Mark Creasy, called UnHomework. It is a delight to read and is due for publication on 20th February 2014.

On another note, I am running a training session (21st May) on this particular topic/blog. Context: For the past 2 years, I have set homework as a professional goal to improve in my own classroom practice. Prior to this challenging and fulfilling role, the desire to set tailored and challenging homework was crucial. Research: As ever, data is only one side of the coin.

Just take a look at the influences of Home Effects on student achievement. What are the best time-saving apps for teachers? “There’s simply not enough time,” I hear you say – and I agree.

What are the best time-saving apps for teachers?

It’s fair enough, as a teacher, if you find that you don’t even have enough time to look at all the gadgets and devices that might help save time. But stop the clock and allow me to bring you up to speed with the best time-saving apps around, as well as pointing out some of the glitches. Make marking mountains history QuickKey is a free app that enables your phone to scan quizzes, tests and surveys on paper and mark them. You upload the right answers and information, then hold your phone over students’ answer sheets and it scans for the right answers.

Planning Workload: Ask A Teacher! If you wanted to help improve lesson planning and reduce teacher workload, who would you ask?

Planning Workload: Ask A Teacher!

In my last post, I said that ‘we live in a time, where teacher workload operates at a frenetic pace.’ Last week, Nicky Morgan announced the chairs and members of 3 new workload review groups. These working parties will look at teacher-workload in 3 key areas; marking, planning and data-management. I will state again, that from each of the working groups, I am keen to see each committee go beyond case-studies and exemplar documents, and actually change policy. Working with Digimap - school examples. You are here : Home | Resources | Ordnance Survey m... | Working with D...

Working with Digimap - school examples

This page showcases examples of how teachers have used Digimap with their students, including sample lessons and classroom ideas. Getting started Rob Manger, geography teacher at English Martyrs School, has written two blog posts describing his journey into using GIS. The final blog offers an evaluation of the three platforms he used and a table of comparisons. Getting Started with GIS in the Geography Curriculum Incorporating GIS into the Geography Curriculum Leonie Stevenson, geography teacher at Blackpool Aspire Academy, has shared a presentation on how to use Digimap: Christopher Emdin: Teach teachers how to create magic. The Geography of Me – New Teacher / First Lesson Activity. “The Geography of Me” is an activity I’ve done for a number of years as a great way to introduce myself to a new class whilst also gaining a better understanding of the students’ backgrounds.

The Geography of Me – New Teacher / First Lesson Activity

For a subject like Geography, it’s a real asset to understand where your students come from and the experiences they might have had so that these perspectives can be drawn upon in future lessons. The premise of the task is to choose 8 or 9 key locations from around the world which you feel “make” you, these might be where someone was born, where they lived for a while or more interestingly their favourite place to visit or a place close to their heart, ultimately it could be any place for any reason. I normally start the lesson by playing my tour and narrating the locations, students usually warm to this little bit of controlled knowledge about myself. Make Your Images Interactive - ThingLink. Geographical Enquiry: Forget the 'outstanding' and remember the inspiration.

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