Markham T&L Blog

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"....

March 15, 2019

When planning lessons it is easy to think "What activity shall I get the students to do?" or even "I have this wonderful activity, let's do that tomorrow." However, lessons are far more successful when you start to think the other way round.

Objective driven teaching starts by considering "What do I...

March 13, 2019

Broadly speaking, there are two purposes behind a great "Do Now" activity: preview or review.

Personally, I am a fan of review, as this gives us a chance to build in opportunities for spaced retrieval at regular times. I have talked about retrieval practice several times before (here and here). But I...

March 8, 2019

One of the Principles of Great Teaching that I have chosen to focus on this year is Checking for Understanding. This is something that I have not always used as effectively as I could have, and in particular, I have relied on a few students answering questions to imply the whole class has "got" an i...

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