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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 – 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…

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…

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 – 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,…

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…

Science – 10.04.2015 – Science Knowledge Organisers

10 Apr 2015, Posted by admin in Michaela's Blog

Posted on April 10, 2015 by Olivia Dyer SCIENCE KNOWLEDGE ORGANISERS Two weeks ago, our illustrious Assistant Head Joe Kirby wrote a blog on the the most valuable content that subject leaders at Michaela want all pupils to remember for ten years and beyond. Although Mr Kirby and my more…

Maths – 15.03.2015 – My thoughts about education

16 Mar 2015, Posted by admin in Michaela's Blog

Posted on 15 March, 2015 by Bodil Isaksen Third time’s a charm. Yesterdays #mathsconf2015 organised by Mark McCourt‘s La Salle was the best yet. Here’s what I got from the day. David Thomas David always has something new to say at conferences. No rehashed powerpoint slides and tired jokes…

Maths – 27.03.2015 – Maths everywhere

04 Mar 2015, Posted by admin in Michaela's Blog

Posted on February 27, 2015 by Bodil Isaksen Maths everywhere Here’s how we squeeze in maths outside of maths lessons, without compromising subject content in other lessons. Rolling numbers Rolling numbers is a great first step for embedding times tables. Ultimately, we want our children…