Sort Out Your Classroom! Simple Strategies for Classroom Organisation

There’s nothing like the chaos of a classroom. Even the most well-behaved classes can turn your room into a bomb site in a matter of seconds. But here are six simple strategies for keeping things calm and organised – even … Continue reading Sort Out Your Classroom! Simple Strategies for Classroom Organisation

Would You Pass a Memory Test?

It’s a disturbing irony that the idea for this blog post originally came to me on the way to work and I’d contrived to forget it by home time! I had to rack my brain to dredge it back up. The same thing sometimes happens with words, which is not a good look for an English teacher. The most embarrassing memory lapse to date was forgetting the word ‘syllable’ in front of Y8. Fast approaching my fifth decade, I accept it as a sad fact of life that the memory slowly deteriorates. Then again, were my youthful powers of recollection … Continue reading Would You Pass a Memory Test?

NQT Advice: Five Things to Tell Your NQT

NQT Advice: Handy to know! Whether you’ve simply got an NQT joining the department or you’re taking on an NQT as a mentor, it’s always handy to have a little NQT advice to hand for when things start getting a … Continue reading NQT Advice: Five Things to Tell Your NQT

Making Marking Manageable

I read an article recently about a school that had stopped teachers from marking altogether. Instead, every two weeks, the teachers had a one to one with pupils to discuss their work… Can you imagine how liberating that would feel? Unfortunately, most of us aren’t lucky enough to work in a school like that and marking becomes one of the most difficult things to manage as a result. Until your school stops marking entirely, here are some of the things I find helpful to make it manageable: Strategic speaking and listening units: I always look at my year as a whole … Continue reading Making Marking Manageable

How do I get the most out of my Year 7 Baseline Tests?

By Debi Cullen, Maths Content Writer Meet the Writer I have been a maths content writer at Twinkl for just over a year. I have over 20 years’ experience of teaching maths, mainly in secondary schools in Kent, and I currently teach part-time in a further education college. I was a middle manager for ten years in posts involving curriculum, mentoring and pastoral care. I also mark GCSE maths exam scripts in the summer. I now live near Snowdonia and its stunning scenery and I also run a holiday let from there. The background to baseline tests? The UK government … Continue reading How do I get the most out of my Year 7 Baseline Tests?