Markham T&L Blog

April 4, 2020

Normally, I would share useful insights from the Geography department about how Geography approaches Teaching and Learning at Markham. Given the global pandemic and the fact that we are all working from home I have decided to focus my attention on another topic…home working. Cabin fever is a real th...

March 27, 2020

Amidst the current crisis keeping us all housebound, there is no doubt that many are going a little bonkers. Online teaching provides several advantages but seems to also create more stress and work. 

As with all sections, the English department has been working to ensure meaningful and relevant task...

December 23, 2019

Article: Ten Benefits of Testing and Their Applications to Educational Practice

Author: Henry L. Roediger III, Adam L. Putnam and Megan A. Smith

This article explores 10 benefits of testing on the educational outcomes of students, based on research mainly in cognitive science. Each of the benefits is...

October 21, 2019

Teachers who promote reflective classrooms ensure that students are fully engaged in the process of making meaning. They organize instruction so that students are the producers, not just the consumers, of knowledge. To best guide children in the habits of reflection, these teachers approach their ro...

September 13, 2019

The Ingredients For Great Teaching is an evidence informed book by Pedro De Bruyckere on some broad themes that help make teaching great. In the foreword, Daniel Willingham makes the important point that science is probabilistic in nature, and that a result can be "reliable without being universal"....

July 12, 2019

Article: The Components of Direct Instruction

Author: Cathy L. Watkins, Timothy A. Slocum

Reading Time: 2 hours

The purpose of this article is to summarise the ideas behind Direct Instruction (DI), dispel some of the myths around it, and give an overview of the research base.

“The purpose of Direct Inst...

July 5, 2019

I have just finished reading High-Impact Instruction by Jim Knight. I received this book as part of the Instructional Coaching Institute I attended in April.

As part of the IMPACT Cycle of instructional coaching, Knight says that coaches must have a secure understanding of strategies that they can he...

May 21, 2019

"In your best explanations, your artistry with words will transform complicated and abstract material into something clear and meaningful" (Allison and Tharby, 2015).

In this post I am going to briefly review some key points about explanations and modelling within the classroom setting. For a thoroug...

May 21, 2019

Extracted from: Understanding by Design (2005) from Wiggins & McThigh

The improvement of understanding is for two ends: first, our own increase of knowledge; secondly, to enable us to deliver that knowledge to others.

–John Locke  

For my PGCEi I have been asked to research and evidence understanding...

May 11, 2019

Chris Binge and the Impact team are leading the way to introduce reflective skills-based education at Markham College.  Under the guidance of newly appointed Head of Science Dave Meur the Science department is introducing skills reflection into lessons.

Vygotski’s educational paradigm includes the ‘P...

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