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"....

November 15, 2017

Silver Arrows?

It’s very hard to change your practice.  We’re all so busy, very often it is difficult to create space to fully explore a set of ideas and to deliberately adapt our teaching routines to absorb something new.  At the same time, we’re often bombarded with initiatives and issues to addres...

October 12, 2017

I recently came across a couple of excellent templates for some brilliant activities to help get students thinking more deeply about the content they have been learning. You can access a file with all the activities here. All are provided in a single page format and also in a two per page format. No...

August 19, 2017

For quite a long time I was not particularly concerned about misconceptions. Trained in a predominantly exploratory and student-centred style, misconceptions were inevitable in my lessons. Requiring novices to work in groups and to access material with limited or no support effectively guaranteed th...

August 17, 2017

With the research I have been doing lately I have come across many things that seem like they should be at the very heart of teacher training, but are things that I have never seen before. Rather than put my own list together, here are some links to articles put together by educationalists with a mu...

August 7, 2017

Article: Critical Thinking: Why Is It So Hard to Teach?

Author: Daniel T. Willingham

"Students can learn certain metacognitive strategies that will cue them to think (critically). But,…, the metacognitive strategies only tell the students what they should do - they do not provide the knowledge that st...

August 3, 2017

A few weeks ago I wrote a post about the uses and mis-uses of Bloom’s Taxonomy, that trusted framework of teaching referenced by just about every teacher on god’s green earth.  Briefly, people see the pyramid and they think- “Oh, more rigorous is higher up… I should ask all “higher order questions.”...

May 17, 2017

In this post I am going to give a very brief overview of some websites that can be useful in the classroom. They all lend themselves very well to developing formative assessment methods, and provide both detailed feedback on how students are progressing to you as a teacher, and also give you the abi...

April 17, 2017

In writing this, I’ve been thinking about two sets of teachers. Firstly, I’ve been thinking about various very strong teachers I’ve known, including those who taught me, to consider what ‘essentials’ they might have in common.  (Something I’ve done many times before e.g. in this early post: What mak...

February 28, 2017

Following our recent INSET workshop with Alan Jervis from Dragonfly Training, I asked all staff in the Upper School a simple question:

Give details of one thing that you took from the INSET session, and how you hope to implement it in your classroom.

Below are the responses received from over half of...

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