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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…

English – 16.04.2016 – Tiger Teachers

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

Posted on April 16, 2016 by Jo Facer Tiger Teachers In Amy Chua’s Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, there are two key messages for parents and teachers. The first: hard work pays off. The second: strict discipline is the best way to ensure our kids…

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…

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…

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….

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…