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“If we create a culture where every teacher believes they need to improve, not because they are good enough, but because they can be even better, there is no limit to what we can achieve” – Dylan Wiliam

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Teaching and Learning blog of the week:

Academic Year 2020-2021

Sunday 25 AprilLouis Everett – Incremental improvement so that all students are cognitively active all of the time

Sunday 18 April – Christina McGhie – Disruption-free lessons vs effortful engagement

Sunday 28 MarchBen Crockett – What has remote learning taught us about questioning?

Sunday 21 March – Pete Foster – Refining Retrieval – What does the evidence say about the testing effect?

Sunday 14 March Harry Fletcher-Wood – Planning lessons using cognitive load theory

Sunday 7 March – Harry Fletcher-Wood – What is Responsive Teaching?

No BOTW due to focus on remote learning

Sunday 13 December – Ben Newmark – Managing Means of Participation

Sunday 6 December – Tara McVey – The Hidden Power of Habits

Sunday 29 NovemberRachel Ball – Retrieval Practice – My Next Steps

Sunday 22nd NovemberAlex Quigley – Academic Vocabulary and Scheme Building

Sunday 15th November – Jack Tavassoly-Marsh – Attention is the Gateway to Cognition

Sunday 8th November Andy Tharby – Improving Writing Through Improving Reading

Sunday 1st November Nimish Lad – High Expectations

Sunday 18th October Mark Enser – Closing the Gap: Educational Disadvantage in the Classroom

Sunday 11th OctoberPritesh Raichura: Quality Teacher Talk – Clear Teacher Explanations

Sunday 4th OctoberTom Sherrington – Teaching for understanding: Schema-building and generative learning

Sunday 27th September – Niki Kaiser – Meaningful Memory

Sunday 20th SeptemberTom Needham – Strategies to Increase Pace

Sunday 13 September – Jack Tavassoly-Marsh – Gaining whole class attention

Sunday 6 SeptemberTom Sherrington – The #1 problem/weakness in teaching and how to address it

Monday 31 August Durrington Research School Team – From Distance Teaching to Recovery Teaching

Academic Year 2019-2020

Sunday 1 March – Shaun Allison – Effective Questioning

Sunday 23 February – Adam Boxer – Working with a bottom set year 11: how I do it

Sunday 9 February – Adam Boxer – Ratio

Sunday 2 February – Kat Howard- The dying art: knowledge, specialism and professional development

Sunday 26 January – Steve Adcock – 7 Rules of Rosenshine

Sunday 19 January – Andy Tharby – Five ways to rejuvenate behaviour management in your classroom

Sunday 12 JanuarySimon Baddeley – How I use a visualiser in my classroom

Sunday 5 January Ruth Walker – Why do you bang on about researchED all the time Ruth?

Sunday 8 December – Michael Chiles – Typicality in G007

Sunday 1 December – Kate Jones – Retrieval Practice – The myths versus the reality

Sunday 24 NovemberAdam Boxer – Challenge Beyond Bloom’s – What makes one question hard and another one easy?

Sunday 17 November Pritesh Raichura – Clear Teacher Explanations I: examples and non-examples

Sunday 10 November Ruth Walker – Curriculum and Cognitive Science

Sunday 3 NovemberSarah Larsen – Cognitive Load Theory – How has it changed my teaching

Sunday 20 OctoberAndy Tharby – Using Cognitive Load Theory to Improve Slideshow Presentations

Sunday 13 October Jon Gustafson – Habits to Reduce Cognitive Load Theory for Students and Teachers

Sunday 6 OctoberZoe Enser – Supporting Working Memory in the English Classroom

Sunday 29 SeptemberDominic Shibli and Rachel West – Cognitive Load Theory and its application in the classroom

Sunday 22 September – Mark Enser – How to support pupils with poor working memory

Sunday 15 SeptemberBen Newmark – Low level disruption?

Sunday 8 SeptemberDavid Rogers – Behaviour routines

Sunday 1 September Bill Wilkinson – Starting with a new class

Academic Year 2018-2019

Sunday 14 JulyMark Enser – Why we can’t have a fun lesson today

Sunday 7 July – Adam Boxer – Thinking Curriculum – The One Stop Shop

Sunday 30 JuneMiss Sayers – What makes a bad knowledge organiser?

Sunday 23 June – Ben Newmark – How to teach using a booklet and a visualiser

Sunday 16 June – Jon Hutchinson – How to get the best out of knowledge organisers?

Sunday 9 June – Explaining through dual coding – Chris Runeckles

Sunday 2 June – Ruth Walker – E. Coli and Quality First Teaching

Sunday 19 May – Oliver Caviglioli – An Introduction to Dual Coding Theory

Sunday 12 May Andy Tharby – The dos and don’ts of collaborative learning

Sunday 5 May – Clare Sealy – Memory not memories – teaching for long term learning

Sunday 28 April – Damian Benney – Knowledge retrieval and spacing – applying research in the classroom

Sunday 21 April – David Didau – Three animated films about learning

Sunday 31 March – Adam Boxer – Tips and tricks for better behaviour

Sunday 24 March – Lee Donaghy – Brighten Lines – classroom management technique

Sunday 17 March – Tom Needham Explicit Vocabulary Teaching – What and How?

Sunday 10 March – Tom Sherrington Great Teaching. The Power of Expectations

Sunday 3 March – Andrew Smith – Noise!

Sunday 24 February –  Robin Launder – Getting behaviour right

Sunday 9 February – Ben Crockett – The importance of questioning

Sunday 2 February – Paul Moss – Modelling: the 4th dimension

Sunday 27 January – Sarah Barker – Going further than the ‘I do, we do, you do’ modelling approach – teaching nothing new’

Sunday 20 January – Deborah Hawkins –Why I Ditched PowerPoint

Sunday 13 January – Adam Boxer – Simplifying Cognitive Load Theory

Sunday 6 January – Jemma Sherwood – To talk or not to talk? That is the question!

Sunday 25 November – Craig Barton – Cognitive Load Theory

Sunday 18 November – Tom Needham – Applying Cognitive Load Theory and the Worked Example Effect

Sunday 11 November – Dawn Cox – A focus on knowledge: vocabulary rich teaching.

Sunday 4 November – Shaun Allison – What’s wrong with ‘pitch, pace and progression’?

Sunday 28 October – Tom Sherrington – Lessons that misfire? Good intentions with bad theory?

Sunday 14 October – Hearts & Minds Teaching – How can sampling improve the frequency of feedback and inform teaching more regularly?

Sunday 7 October – Mark Enser – Making a fuss of feedback – Whole Class Feedback

Sunday 30 September – Kate Herbert-Smith – How can video technology be used to inform teacher development?

Sunday 23 September – Joe Kirby – How breaking habits creates a great school ethos

Sunday 16 September – Andy Tharby – Using knowledge organisers to improve retrieval practice

Sunday 9 September – Joe Kirby – A 5 year revision plan – KOs and self-quizzing

Sunday 2 September – Tom Sherrington – Behaviour Management: A Bill Rogers Top 10

Academic Year 2017-2018

Monday 16 July – Jennifer Findley – End of year reflection questions for teachers

Monday 9 July – Shaun Allison – Providing models – modelling in the classroom – how, why and what can go wrong?

Monday 2 July – Rufus William – Dual Coding and Working Memory – linked to adding new material in small steps – Rosenshine’s Principles of Instruction

Monday 25 June – Mark Enser – Putting Rosenshine’s ‘Principles of Instruction’ into practice in the classroom

Monday 18 June – Tom Sherrington – Exploring Barak Rosenshine’s seminal Principles of Instruction: Why it is THE must-read for all teachers.

Monday 11 June – Tom Sherrington – What is a knowledge-rich curriculum, and what does it look like in principle and practice?

Monday 4 June – Mark Enser – Knowledge in the classroom

Monday 21 May – Ben Newmark – Hands down! Why we shouldn’t always let students ask questions when they want to!

Monday 14 May – Carl Hendrick – How should students revise?

Monday 7 May – Rebecca Foster and Claire Hill Practical approaches to bringing research-informed ideas to the classroom

Monday 30 April – Rebecca Foster – Valuable feedback that supports teaching wellbeing

Monday 23 April – Andy Tharby – Using cognitive load theory to improve presentations

Monday 16 April – Tom Sherrington – Evidence-informed ideas that every teacher should know about

Monday 26 March – Pritesh Raichura – Retrieval cues – do your questions help or hinder?

Monday 19 March – Robbie Coleman (EEF) – Whole Class Reading

Monday 12 March – Katie Jones – Knowledge Retrieval Practice Grids

Monday 5 March – Julie Watson – Metacognition assisting revision

Monday 26 February – Damian Benney – Differentiation, inclusion and classroom culture

Monday 26 February – Jack Tavassoly-Marsh – Using a visualiser in the classroom

Monday 19 February – Sallie Stanton – The art of questioning

Monday 12 February – Tom Sherrington – The five forms of feedback that I give to teachers most often

Monday 5 February – Dave Grimmett – Changing the status quo in our classrooms

Monday 29 January – Jamie Thom – Teaching to the top

Monday 22 January – Alex Quigley – Top 10 revision strategies

Monday 15 January – Jack Tavassoly-Marsh – Rocks of routine

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