Sharing a post I wrote a few months ago for Be Bold Maths. Research The EEF guidance for Improving Mathematics in Key Stages Two and Three outline eight recommendations. They are: Use assessment to build on pupils’ existing knowledge and understanding;Use manipulatives and representations;Teach pupils strategies for solving problems;Enable pupils to develop a rich network... Continue Reading →
Seven Myths About Education – Daisy Christodoulou – Book Reflections
To begin with, I think this book should be read by all teachers, trainee teachers, policy makers, and anyone who has a role to play in Education. Daisy Christodoulou writes about how much classroom practice contradicts basic scientific principles. Many of the myths presented in this book are things I was told whilst training and... Continue Reading →
Lessons from virtual teaching
Once of the reasons I became a teacher was so that I didn't have to sit behind a desk and stare at a screen from 9-5 and honestly, over the last two months, me and my back have struggled! Virtual teaching has been interesting but not exactly what I expected. I remember when I sat... Continue Reading →
HOD wish list.
If I was to run a department (which I hope to one day)... Excellent behaviour. The students should know where they stand when they come to Maths. They are here to learn. Learn lots. No need for show-y lessons. I don't mind boring. We are there to teach, not entertain (this does not however mean... Continue Reading →
Progressive teaching vs Traditional teaching with some Glass Ceilings
Having recently read Glass ceilings by Iain Hall, it has felt good to see that my current classroom practice aligning with what was witnessed in the US charter schools. Although I have not had first hand experience in visiting these schools, I am confident through reading, that these schools are changing lives of students by... Continue Reading →
This is more of a personal reminder for me or for anyone starting/on their teaching journey who is browsing for behaviour strategies. I have tried and tested all of these and can say that there are some super successes and some epic fails. Tried and tested stuff that doesn’t work Confrontation. This one I still... Continue Reading →
What does education mean to me?
I don’t know if this is the inner Teach First-er in me but throughout my training and career (so far), I have genuinely clung to the belief that every child, regardless of their socio-economic background should have access to a ‘good’ education. Although the definition of ‘good’ itself makes me uncomfortable. What does ‘good’ even... Continue Reading →