Michaela Community School | The teachers blog at Michaela School
Michaela School Wembley London
5197
paged,page-template,page-template-blog-template1,page-template-blog-template1-php,page,page-id-5197,page-child,parent-pageid-4691,paged-2,page-paged-2,tribe-no-js,ajax_leftright,page_not_loaded,

The Music and Art Departments – 19.03.2016 – Quality Music Education Remains the Preserve of the Privately Educated

21 Mar 2016, Posted by admin in Michaela's Blog

Posted on March 19, 2016 by The Music and Art Departments Quality Music Education Remains the Preserve of the Privately Educated http://www.newstatesman.com/culture/music-theatre/2015/09/why-music-education-britain-so-poor I read this article earlier this week, and two statistics have stuck with me. “Despite the fact that music is taught at the majority…

Maths – 20.03.2016 – Assessment-driven teaching

21 Mar 2016, Posted by admin in Michaela's Blog

Posted on March 20, 2016 by Naveen Rizvi Assessment-driven teaching This post will be outlining the academic rigour I have seen in the teaching and in the assessments created by the Uncommon Schools Network. I shall explain how we can develop such rigour in our classrooms…

Maths – 19.03.2016 – Don’t mind the gap

21 Mar 2016, Posted by admin in Michaela's Blog

Posted on March 19, 2016 by Bodil Isaksen Don’t mind the gap How many digits of pi can you remember, Layla? Only twenty, Miss. Layla sees nothing extraordinary about the fact she remembers four times more digits of pi than her maths teacher. Not when her…

French – 19.03.2016 – Turning Heads

21 Mar 2016, Posted by admin in Michaela's Blog

Posted on March 19, 2016 by Barry Smith Turning Heads On Thursday we took 120 kids from Wembley to Greenwich. It’s the second year running we’ve taken kids to the Observatory. This trip was like every trip at Michaela. The kids really shone. They walked in…

English – 19.03.2016 – Reading all the Books

21 Mar 2016, Posted by admin in Michaela's Blog

Posted on March 19, 2016 by Jo Facer Reading all the Books I’ve written before about marking, but just to summarise: it has always been something I’ve loved doing. There was something in that Boxer-like satisfaction of ploughing through an unending pile of books, leaving lovingly…

French – 18.03.2016 – Something we do – Speaking

21 Mar 2016, Posted by admin in Michaela's Blog

Posted on March 18, 2016 by Jessica Lund Something we do – Speaking The teachers at Michaela speak a lot.  They are founts of knowledge.  They might spend the majority of lesson time talking.  Much of that is instructional; a lot of it is questioning.  Rapid-fire, constant…

Maths – 13.03.2016 – Sequence of Instruction

14 Mar 2016, Posted by admin in Michaela's Blog

Posted on March 13, 2016 by Naveen Rizvi Sequence of Instruction School visited: Uncommon Collegiate Charter High School Class observed: AP Grade 11 Statistics (UK equivalent Year 13) Theme of post: Pedagogy and Curriculum This is the second blog of a series to complement a workshop…

English – 12.03.2016 – Year 8 on Macbeth

14 Mar 2016, Posted by admin in Michaela's Blog

Posted on March 12, 2016 by Joe Kirby Year 8 on Macbeth These are some paragraphs of Year 8 pupils writing about ‘Macbeth’, on the witches, Lady Macbeth, and an essay conclusion comparing Macbeth to the play they studied in Year 7,‘Julius Caesar’. Snapping and sharing pupil…

Maths – 6.03.2016 – Minimally different examples

07 Mar 2016, Posted by admin in Michaela's Blog

Posted on March 6, 2016 by Naveen Rizvi Minimally different examples School Visited: Uncommon Collegiate Charter High School Class Observed: Algebra 1 Grade 9 Statistics (UK equivalent Year 10) Theme of post: Pedagogy and Curriculum This is the first blog post in a series complementing a workshop…

French – 5.03.2016 – Mental Health

07 Mar 2016, Posted by admin in Michaela's Blog

Posted on March 5, 2016 by Barry Smith Mental Health I really don’t like all this talk of ‘intolerable pressure’ and ‘stress’ on school kids. In my experience most kids are bone idle unless you’re right on top of them. They’re not stressed out. They’re making…

English – 5.03.2016 – Reading Reconsidered

07 Mar 2016, Posted by admin in Michaela's Blog

Posted on March 5, 2016 by Jo Facer Reading Reconsidered ‘Teach Like a Champion,’ by Doug Lemov, changed my teaching profoundly: it was the most practical and helpful piece of writing I had ever encountered, and transformed my classroom practice, giving me specific aspects to hone and improve….

French – 28.02.2016 – Zero Tolerance

29 Feb 2016, Posted by admin in Michaela's Blog

Posted on February 28, 2016 by Barry Smith Zero Tolerance It’s one of those soundbites that are bandied around, notably in education, that can mean a whole variety of things depending upon who’s saying it or hearing it. There’s no hard and fast definition of ‘zero…

Science – 27.02.2016 – Selling Science

29 Feb 2016, Posted by admin in Michaela's Blog

Posted on February 27, 2016 by Olivia Dyer Selling Science Astronomy is my hard sell of physical science. Think of astronomy as the confectionary placed at the point of purchase in a well-known chain of high street stationary shops. How did the checkout boy, Alex, know…

English – 27.02.2016 – A guide to this blog

29 Feb 2016, Posted by admin in Michaela's Blog

Posted on February 27, 2016 by Jo Facer A guide to this blog I’ve worked in education since 2010, as an English teacher, Head of Department and Assistant Head in four schools. I’m currently Head of English at Michaela Community School. I write about curriculum, teaching,…

English – 20.02.2016 – What Happens Next, Miss?

21 Feb 2016, Posted by admin in Michaela's Blog

Posted on February 20, 2016 by Lia Martin What Happens Next, Miss? Teaching English and thoughts on the future of education. The success of ‘eating together’ has long been documented. Countless studies claim that children who eat with their families are more likely to have healthy relationships,…

English – 31.10.2015 – Marking is a hornet

02 Nov 2015, Posted by admin in Michaela's Blog

Posted on October 31, 2015 by Joe Kirby Marking is a hornet Written marking takes up huge amounts of teachers’ time. If the average teacher marks for just over 5 hours a week, that’s 200 hours of marking a year. In a secondary school of 100…

French – 04.10.2015 – Spring Clean

07 Oct 2015, Posted by admin in Michaela's Blog

Posted on October 4, 2015 by Jessica Lund Spring Clean Once in a blue moon, I’m moved to rid myself of the clutter that accumulates over the course of term time.  While I was busy having one of the greatest summers I’ve ever had, the heaps…

English – 03.10.2015 – Give him a break

07 Oct 2015, Posted by admin in Michaela's Blog

Posted on October 3, 2015 by Katie Ashford Give him a break Palmer was a popular lad: square-shouldered, dishevelled, dramatic. An eternal creator of classroom chaos: he and I did not share many positive interactions. On a typical day, he would wander in late, toss his…

English – 27.06.2015 – Knowledge is Power

27 Jun 2015, Posted by admin in Michaela's Blog

Posted on June 27, 2015 by Katie Ashford Knowledge is Power When I began blogging in 2013, the argument that knowledge should be at the heart of the curriculum was readily rejected. The most common counter-argument was that rote learning of lists of facts was a…

English – 25.05.2015 – Corridors

25 May 2015, Posted by admin in Michaela's Blog

Posted on Ma 25, 2015 by Katie Ashford You stand behind your chair and hoist your brand new Reebok bag up on to your shoulders. You check to see if your shirt is tucked in, but the weight of the rucksack and your general awkwardness make…

16.05.15 – The Key to Great School Trips

17 May 2015, Posted by admin in Michaela's Blog

Posted on May 16, 2015 by Olivia Dyer The Key to Great School Trips The key to planning great school trips is organisation, organisation, organisation! How does one know what to organise? Look no further than this blog post. Michaela Community School might have only had its second…