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  • From memory to mastery

    10th January 2015

    In an educational era post modular and recognition in light of the Wolf report that most qualifications except GCSE are suitable for all abilities, we are left with a need to ensure that our students can retain large amounts of information for the myriad of exams they will need to sit. I am sure like me you’ll have had the frustrating experience of seeing a class grasp and understand a concept perfectly in lessons, only to have completely and utterly forgotten it when you mention it later on in the year or even the next lesson for some students! For this reason I have been researching and implementing some strategies to enhance students’ retention within a lesson and trying to improve their memory. I’m really interested to find out what others think and about strategies that work for them. The well written blog by Pragmatic Education entitled ‘Why don’t students remember what they’ve learned?’ assisted me in pulling the areas of my research into one document. With thanks to Joe Kirby for his excellent blog, which has been heavily quoted and referenced.

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  • iPads - the student perspective

    18th December 2014

    A small group of Year 10 students recently trialled using iPads in  the classroom. These are their findings (Written by Joe and Grace, Year 10)

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  • PGCE diary

    14th December 2014

    Christmas is around the corner. For the i2i trainees there are only 6 more teaching days to go, not that we are counting! So now would be an opportune time to reflect on how we have progressed so far.  

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  • Inspirational writing

    9th December 2014

    Thursday 27th November was a very special day for the students of the Aspire class; they were going to use the iPads for the very first time. From the time when we first told the students that they would be getting iPads they were completely beside themselves with excitement - bouncing around like tiggers. I, however, remained slightly sceptical of the iPad as a learning tool; I was about to be proved wrong. 

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  • Observations from Shanghai

    9th February 2014

    Shanghai performs at the top of the global league table in terms of students’ achievements in Mathematics, according to the data provided by the international assessment, PISA.  Fifty Specialist Leaders in Education from around the UK were selected to spend eight days researching the structural, pedagogical and cultural differences between our education systems.

    The following is a very brief summary of my observations gathered through interviews and observations in Shanghai and Ningbo.  It should be noted that a significant number of the conclusions drawn were ‘theoretical’ – that is to say they are based on what we were told rather than what we saw first-hand.  It should also be noted that many of the observations below were based on answers to questions through interpreters.  Through reflection and feedback with other delegates it is clear that on several occasions some of the contexts of the questions and the answers were lost in translation, in so far as the answers bore little connection to the original questions.  

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