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Long-term learning: embracing the Cornell method

Long-term learning: embracing the Cornell method

For as long as I’ve been teaching content that requires more than a handful of notes, I have encouraged my students to use the Cornell method for note taking. When I arrived here in St Helena in September of last year, four weeks after the start of the academic year,...
Assessing Pupil Progress

Assessing Pupil Progress

One of my department’s big focuses this year has been Assessing Pupil Progress, the new supplementary levelling structure for Key Stage 3. We didn’t have any idea what it was until our LA advisor, Pauline Hargreaves, gave us an excellent introduction to it...
Key questioning: don’t skip steps

Key questioning: don’t skip steps

From firm foundations… When I was training to teach, one of my tutors had a section on his lesson plan proforma entitled “vocab”. At the time, I wondered what possible reason there would be to have a vocab section for an ICT lesson plan – the...
Pupil speak level descriptors

Pupil speak level descriptors

The requests for ICT level descriptors in pupil speak continue to pile up on the TES forums, so I thought I’d make mine available for download. Personally, I think they make a lot of sense, and cover the array of ICT skills we ought to be covering in high...
Working to levels 4 & 5

Working to levels 4 & 5

Two A1-size posters. Working to levels 4 & 5 has details from the level descriptors, as well as four A4-sized spaces for exemplar work. View full size. Plan, do, review shows a simplified version of the systems life cycle. View full...