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Aien Aristeuein – Year 7 History at Michaela

15 May 2017, Posted by admin in Michaela's Blog

Year 7 History at Michaela MAY 14, 2017 / MIKE TAYLOR One of the great things about working at Michaela is watching the rapid transformation of our Year 7 pupils. From their baptism of fire induction in the first week, through to the end of the…

Conception of the Good – Arithmetic Average 2

15 May 2017, Posted by admin in Michaela's Blog

Arithmetic Average: Reflecting on Property 5 In my last post, I discussed whether an instructional programme could be created to teach a deeper concept of mean. I mentioned five different properties. After a conversation with Kris Boulton about the blog post, he spotted something interesting…

Conception of the Good – Arithmetic Average

08 May 2017, Posted by admin in Michaela's Blog

Arithmetic Average: developing conceptual understanding Many pupils are taught how to calculate the arithmetic average (the mean.)  They are also taught a shallow understanding of the concept: it goes along the lines of “the mean is a calculated ‘central’ value of a set of numbers.”…

Reading all the Books – Warm Strict

08 May 2017, Posted by admin in Michaela's Blog

  Warm – strict I have written previously about Teach Like a Champion, a book I feel to be the most important contribution to pedagogy advice I have read. Although it is nearly impossible to pick which of the important techniques are the most vital,…

Cheng Reaction – Lesson Observations at Michaela

08 May 2017, Posted by admin in Michaela's Blog

Lesson Observations at Michaela At Michaela, lessons are not graded. Like many schools, we have moved away from the old paradigm of observing teachers once per half term in a high stakes, pre-planned, pay-determining observation, towards a new one. We have a truly open door policy…

JLMFL – The Summer Project (#French)

03 May 2017, Posted by admin in Michaela's Blog

The Summer Project (#French) may 3, 2017 jlmfl In the past, my hands-down-favourite thing about teaching was being in the classroom, with the kids, bouncing off their energy and enthusiasm and teaching them French, and seeing them grow in knowledge and confidence and ability. That feeling…

Until I Know Better – Drill and Thrill

16 Mar 2017, Posted by admin in Michaela's Blog

Drill and Thrill This is a summary of the presentation from Maths Conf 9, held in Bristol on 11/3/2017. Thanks to everyone who came and who asked questions! What is a drill? A drill is narrow. It should be focused on a single thing, such…

Until I Know Better – Holier than thou

16 Mar 2017, Posted by admin in Michaela's Blog

Holier than thou  I try to avoid polemics, or being divisive. The topic below is one where, I suspect, opinion is already sharply divided and each side views the other with suspicion and some incredulity. 1) It really gets my goat when a teacher reserves…

Michaela Art Blog – Mastery in Art

16 Mar 2017, Posted by admin in Michaela's Blog

Mastery in Art At Michaela, we receive hundreds of visitors each year. As Head of Art, I find that the most common questions visitors ask me fall into two camps: first, people often ask something along the lines of “when are the pupils allowed to…

Cheng Reaction – Six Months In

08 Mar 2017, Posted by admin in Michaela's Blog

Six Months In Six months ago, I started working at Michaela. As a Wembley native, growing up just around the corner and attending a local state school, it has been an experience and a pleasure to teach pupils in the community and to see them…

Pragmatic Education – Netflix

06 Mar 2017, Posted by admin in Michaela's Blog

Netflix Posted on March 4, 2017by Joe Kirby Imagine working for an organisation where there are no annual performance meetings, no bureaucracy, where you do not need permission to take time off, and where the expense policy is just five words long: ‘act in our…

Cheng Reaction – Making the Most of Every Minute

18 Jan 2017, Posted by admin in Michaela's Blog

Making the Most of Every Minute January 15, 2017 by chengreaction Since starting at Michaela in September, I’ve learnt that every second counts. I’m still shocked at the speed of routines, and how they enable us to squeeze every last second of learning in every lesson….

Until I Know Better – Under Pressure

18 Jan 2017, Posted by admin in Michaela's Blog

Under Pressure I’ve had two interesting conversations this year with some of our weakest pupils. Fadekah is in Year 8. For all of Year 7 we despaired if she would even be able to pick and microwave her own meals, or complete routine tasks to…

To learn is to follow – Vertical vocabulary

09 Jan 2017, Posted by admin in Michaela's Blog

Vertical vocabulary January 8, 2017 / jhcporter One of the great things about working at Michaela is the symbiosis that happens between colleagues. Inevitably for me, this exchange of ideas is most keenly felt between the Humanities and English Departments and, specifically, between the essays…

Reading all the Books – Top reads of 2016

03 Jan 2017, Posted by admin in Michaela's Blog

Top reads of 2016 Posted on December 31, 2016 by Jo Facer Education reads: Doug Lemov: Reading Reconsidered I wrote at length about Lemov’s book – safe to say, it will revolutionise your teaching. Everyone should read this – not just English teachers. Lemov deeply considers…

Pragmatic Education 3.12.16 Authority in Schools

05 Dec 2016, Posted by admin in Michaela's Blog

One of the best questions from the Michaela Battle Hymn event was: ‘how would you draw the distinction between authority and authoritarian?’ It is a vital distinction, and one that must be disentangled rather than conflated.   My definition of an authoritarian state is one…

Reading all the books 19.11.16 – Team Mentality

30 Nov 2016, Posted by admin in Michaela's Blog

Team Mentality Posted on November 19, 2016 by Jo Facer   ‘If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.’ Western society prioritises individual achievement. Many of us spend our lives in this paradigm, and Western society applauds…

English – 11.07.16 – Review of the year

11 Jul 2016, Posted by admin in Michaela's Blog

Posted on July 9th, 2016 by Jo Facer Review of the year In September 2015, I did not envision where I would be by July 2016. I had just joined a big academy as an Assistant Head. I hoped I would have made some positive changes, changed…

English – 02.07.16 – Teaching Vocabulary

04 Jul 2016, Posted by admin in Michaela's Blog

Teaching Vocabulary | Reading all the Books If this blog had themes, I’m sure one fairly major one would be ‘Changing my Mind.’ And lest readers consider me a fully paid up zealot of the ‘Knowledge Devotees,’ let me tell you that I have only…

English – 14.05.2016 – Lean In

16 May 2016, Posted by admin in Michaela's Blog

Posted on May 14, 2016 by Jo Facer Lean In Here are some things I have been told over the past seven years, intended as well-meaning career advice from fellow women: ‘Get as high up the career ladder as fast as you can. Once you have…

Maths – 30.04.2016 – Nature abhors a vacuum

03 May 2016, Posted by admin in Michaela's Blog

Posted on April 30, 2016 by Bodil Isaksen Nature abhors a vacuum Nature abhors a vacuum. Human nature abhors a power vacuum. Idealistic teachers often propose a classroom set up where co-operation reigns over command and control. Whilst lovely in theory, in practice we end up…

Humanities – 24.04.2016 – No excuses discipline works

25 Apr 2016, Posted by admin in Michaela's Blog

Posted on April 24, 2016 by Jonathan Porter No excuses discipline works People bandy around the term ‘no excuses discipline’ in a way that I think is often highly misleading and, ultimately, very unhelpful. ‘No excuses discipline’ is parodied as a cruel and heartless system administered by…