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"....

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...

September 21, 2017

I’ve taught at two schools in my career.

The first, in California, had a dozen teachers in total. I adored my colleagues, but we each had our own domain. I handled Trig, Precalc, Calculus, and Stats. Soon I fell into unquestioned habits, built on assumptions I didn’t know I was making.

My second schoo...

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...

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...

May 17, 2017

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

Introduction

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...

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...

September 19, 2016

Teachers are always being offered lists of principles, axioms, tenets, precepts – the magic beans of teaching. We’re desperate to make sense of it all – to make something very complicated, simple and easy to grasp. Whether it’s  the #5minplan series from @TeacherToolkit or something like my own Less...

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