Markham T&L Blog

June 12, 2018

Variation theory is a concept which I heard from Dan a few weeks ago.

When practicing a particular skill in a repetitive way we as teachers tend to think about the increasing level of difficulty from one set of exercises to the next. For example, if we are practicing solving linear equations we might...

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 18, 2017

Had the opportunity to talk teaching with an amazing group of math, science and technology teachers from my own region in the New York State Master Teacher Program on Saturday.  This post is specifically a follow-up to share two more examples of Cold Call, one of the techniques we discussed during t...

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 11, 2017

Article: Principles of Instruction: Research-Based Strategies That All Teachers Should Know

Author: Barak Rosenshine

 Image credit: Oliver Caviglioli (@olivercaviglioli)

"The most effective teachers ensured that students efficiently acquired, rehearsed, and connected knowledge. Many went on to hands-on...

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