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...

March 20, 2020

Graeme Liddon

I just had a successful experience as a form tutor chatting to my middle school tutees. I asked them to say (or write down in the chat) one thing they were enjoying about the new online learning system and one thing that was a challenge or a concern for them. It produced a lot of positi...

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

Los profesores somos conscientes que aprendemos con nuestros estudiantes. William Glasser, reconocido psiquiatra norteamericano, que aplicó sus conclusiones a la mejora del proceso de aprendizaje; propone un esquema en su Pirámide de Aprendizaje, en el cual indica que recordamos un 10% de lo que lee...

October 21, 2019

Intro: This blog post looks at one strategy the art department employed to help the S3 students with the process of completing their IGCSE coursework. 

Context: The first part of the IGCSE course requires students to create eight A2 boards detailing the development of their art project, this is their...

October 21, 2019

Alicia shared a ‘student feedback’ form recently.  Here students get an opportunity to provide feedback to teaching staff.  The feedback is anonymous and is received by the teacher. This feedback is an opportunity for teaching staff to reflect on aspects of their teaching and identify those areas wh...

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"....

August 15, 2019

Practical work in science is hugely demanding - not only are students having to manipulate equipment they may not be familiar with, follow multi-step instructions, think about errors, reliability, accuracy, precision AND spotting anomalies, they are also expected to make useful observations and thin...

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