Creating a High-Performance culture: Powerful systems or empowered people?

Dragonfly Training, has the same idea as me. Call it the belief that there is some form of logical progression between being a child and being an adult and that the world of schooling and world of work have something to offer each other. Turns out they do.

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Base camp marking – the pros and cons of self marking and peer marking

We all agree that we must learn from our mistakes - Steve Chapman, here, has some advice as to how we can learn from others'. 

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Can We Afford to Ignore the Outdoors?

What's so great about the great outdoors - and how can it help pupils' learning? Julie Watson has some answers.

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20 Ways to Get Involved with your School's Teaching and Learning

One thing that I have been overwhelmed with since becoming a part of the Twitter community is the amount of amazing teachers there are who have so many fresh ideas about teaching and learning.  I see myself as a very forward thinking person in this area but even I have to admit that my own professional development has increased dramatically since being connected to other educators. 

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Triangulation?

A great blog post by Gordon Baillie, @AfLPie. Enjoy the read!

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The Case for Educational Trips Abroad

At the end of the summer term I was lucky enough to be involved with a school music tour to Austria. Due to an enforced last minute dropping out of a member of staff, I became the replacement - not wanted for my tin ear, rather for my fluent German. I naturally offered my language services. Big mistake. 

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Welcome back to the Autumn Term from Dragonfly!

With the new school year well and truly underway, we're delighted to be able to share our new look Dragonfly website with you. We hope you like it. 

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Subject Leaders – Under the Microscope

Sir Michael Wiltshaw, her Majesty’s Chief Inspector, said ‘If England is to compete with the very best, then strong leadership is absolutely critical’. This is equally true for Head teachers as it is for subject leaders.

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Removing Low Level Disruption

You don't have to be Sherlock Holmes to realise that disruptive pupils have a negative effect on pupils' learning. Steve Garnett on some methods we might use to tackle an all too familiar problem. 

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Barak Rosenshine Article

Pedagogy and literature: Marcus Cherrill reviews a seminal study. 

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NABSS Conference 2019

Pamela Fisher on critical thinking, social embarrassment and retail therapy - at this year's NABSS Conference. 

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How research-informed is your school?

Non-existent or well genned up: where does your school stand when it comes to research.

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IPads or Interactive Whiteboards? Why you don't have to choose.

We all know that the introduction of mobile devices - most significantly the iPad - into education has revolutionised the way that teachers are able to deliver content; not only in class but when setting homework, too. It has also, however, seen a large number of schools opting to remove and discard their Interactive Whiteboards; some it would seem with barely a moment’s consideration. Having used IWBs for over a decade, I think this not only betrays extreme profligacy, but that it also shows a disregard for the money that was spent installing them in the first place.

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You already speak English like an expert: you just don't know how

click hereI was talking to an NQT on one of my courses recently, who admitted, quite openly, that she was daunted by the amount of 'mugging up' (her words) she'd have to do to get a firm grasp of the English language components that she would be expected to teach to her Primary pupils. Her anxieties were not lost on me.

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Teaching non-native speakers in the Mainstream Classroom:

For many educators, the task of teaching EAL students in the mainstream classroom is one that brings a wide range of challenges. Correcting spoken and written errors, whilst helping to improve fluency and accuracy across the four skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking (whilst also teaching the syllabus to them and a class full of able English speakers) certainly seems like a tall order; particularly for those without any experience of teaching EFL or Modern Foreign Languages.

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Becoming a research-informed school

One of the biggest educational ideas in recent years is that schools should be informed by research; they should be ‘research-informed’ (sometimes called ‘evidence-informed). Apparently this idea could revolutionize teaching, making it more scientific 

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