Markham T&L Blog

September 12, 2018

The differentiation collaborative project have had some interesting discussions about how assessment data should be used to identify the needs of each student to allow differentiation to be more focused. There was particular concern about how the more able students are identified and helped to progr...

September 12, 2018

“La diferenciación se da cuando un maestro atiende las necesidades de aprendizaje de sus estudiantes, en lugar de enseñar una clase como si todas las personas en ella fueran básicamente iguales”. Carol Ann Tomlinson-

Es muy frecuente que planifiquemos nuestras clases pensando en lo que la mayoría de...

April 12, 2018

Maths No Problem! Primary Series

3 day workshop in Birmingham, UK

The latest curriculum in England has three aims:

- Fluency

- Problem Solving

- Reasoning

To teach for fluency, teachers are using the concrete-pictorial-abstract approach. This is the basis of the Singapore Maths method.

Classes should have...

February 9, 2018

This post is a summary of the book Making Every Lesson Count by Shaun Allison and Andy Tharby.

The book aims to provide a set of strategies, based on research and anecdotal evidence, that teachers can implement to improve their teaching. Most strategies are accompanied by an anecdote on successful (o...

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 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...

June 25, 2017

It’s a well-established idea that, to develop expertise in a particular skill or technique, you need to practise. The more you practise, the better you get.  As outlined by the excellent people at Deans for Impact in their Practice with Purpose document, it helps to identify a specific element of yo...

June 6, 2017

Cold Call, as you probably know if you read this blog regularly, is one of my favorite techniques– meaning that it’s one of the techniques that has the greatest potential to increase the rigor and engagement in a classroom. I also love that it can be used by almost any teacher, and in concert with a...

May 17, 2017

The agile teacher… responsive, risk-taking, juggling continually.


I’m celebrating writing my 100th post, by trying to link together various posts relating to teaching.  I suggest in my post ‘How do I know how good my teachers are?’ that there are three key sources that contribute to my ju...

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