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Bunsen Blue – Observations at Michaela

17 Apr 2018, Posted by admin in Michaela's Blog

Observations at Michaela APRIL 10, 2018 / BUNSENBLUE The culture of observations at Michaela is truly phenomenal. It provides a structure conducive to genuine improvement and honest reflection. Observations at Michaela are frequent, low-stakes and random. Since starting in September (around 24 teaching weeks), I have been...

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Bunsen Blue – The Influence of Michaela

27 Feb 2018, Posted by admin in Michaela's Blog

The Influence of Michaela FEBRUARY 26, 2018 / BUNSENBLUE I started teaching at Michaela Community School in September 2017. Learning about, applying to and joining Michaela has permanently transformed my view of education forever. Learning about Michaela has been like constantly learning new threshold concepts: my view...

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Bunsen Blue – Explanation, Feedback and Practice

19 Feb 2018, Posted by admin in Michaela's Blog

Explanation, Feedback & Practice FEBRUARY 9, 2018 / BUNSENBLUE Recently, I was observed by a member of my SLT (the wonderful @BrettWYale), and he gave me some feedback that sparked a brilliantly clarifying conversation. In this post, I want to share my reflections on this discussion. During the...

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Precise Practice

05 Feb 2018, Posted by admin in Michaela's Blog

Precise Practice Posted on February 3, 2018 by Katie Ashford As I explained in my last post, practising the final skill over and over again does little to develop the final skill. Experts in any field won’t simply have practised the final skill in isolation: they will...

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Tabula Rasa – Is all practice effective?

22 Jan 2018, Posted by admin in Michaela's Blog

Is all practice effective? Posted on January 20, 2018 by Katie Ashford Back in my early years of teaching- in the high-pressure ‘Special Measures’ school where I cut my teeth- I spent hours planning lessons that aimed to get kids through the GCSE as quickly as possible. I...

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Alex Gazi Writes – First Term at Michaela

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

First term at Michaela In September, I started teaching at Michaela Community School. This last term has been a brilliant introduction to a warm and happy school that has learning at its very core. I started at Michaela after completing the Teach First LDP, where I spent...

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JLMFL – Teach French à Michaela

19 Sep 2017, Posted by admin in Michaela's Blog

Teach French à Michaela We’re looking for an amazing French teacher. Here’s some of what we do: The highest expectations of what pupils can – and do – achieve. The highest expectations of ourselves as teachers. Beautiful accents, exceptional pronunciation, fantastic range of knowledge. Lots of reading...

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Tabula Rasa – Yes He Can!

11 Jul 2017, Posted by admin in Michaela's Blog

Yes he can! In my career as SENCO so far, I’ve often found myself at loggerheads with people who tell me that pupils with Special Needs can’t do things. Whether we’re talking about learning to read, writing for extended periods, or retaining focus in class, I...

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Until I Know Better – Maths Muddle

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

Maths Muddle: alternate segment, same segment, alternate angles I had an insight into Y9 minds this week, realising that two (maybe three) things I thought were obviously different look really similar to them. It came about with similarity proofs, and realising that, to them, it is really hard...

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Until I Know Better – Never Let Me Go

05 Jun 2017, Posted by admin in Michaela's Blog

Never Let Me Go At which stage in a topic do you stop modelling examples? I’m going to go out on a limb and suggest the answer is probably….too soon. I’m going to go further and suggest that the rationale you have for doing so is probably wrong. Here are...

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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 about property...

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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.” Or...

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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 only increased...

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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 as: Decision-making Which...

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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 an efficient...

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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 be...

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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 thrive....

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Until I Know Better – Under Pressure

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

Under Pressure Posted by Dani Quinn 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...

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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 that...

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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 with more of...

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