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 22, 2018

I recently saw this tweet and it made me stop and reflect on what my successes were for this year, and what I want to work on next year.

So, here are 4 things that have been successful for me in 2018:

  1. Implementing Weekly Retrieval Quizzes and Retrieval Starters
    One of my aims for this year has be...

July 12, 2018

Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning is an excellent introduction into the many areas of cognitive science that sheds light on how we best learn. The book is split into chapters each of which focuses on a particular area of this science. However, much of this information is given follow...

March 7, 2018

A few years ago I wrote a book on activities to use in the classroom. I have run an INSET on this theme several times since being at Markham, and you can find the resources from this session here. The electronic version of the book is available here, and there is a hard copy in the CPD Library in Up...

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...

September 21, 2017

As I was looking ahead to starting a new job as Headteacher, I was thinking about all the conversations we were going to have about learning.  To a large degree I wanted my teachers to be as up-to-date as possible within their own subject domains. They should know the latest OfSTED position ( eg wit...

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