5 Teaching Tasks We’d Happily Let A.I. Do For Us Instead

The machines are taking over! No, that’s not a pejorative reference to the robotic life forms otherwise known as SLT, merely a dawning realisation that the age of automation is closing upon us. First, they came for the retailers, then … Continue reading 5 Teaching Tasks We’d Happily Let A.I. Do For Us Instead

4 April Fools’ Day Pranks Teachers Can Play

April Fools’ Day is a day of wariness on all fronts. You can’t believe anything you read, hear or see and those excuses your students offer for no homework or being late are dealt with even greater scrutiny. That being … Continue reading 4 April Fools’ Day Pranks Teachers Can Play

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

When Is Good Enough, Good Enough?

All my life, I’ve been a perfectionist. Give me a task and I’ll want to do it, not just well, but perfectly. I’ve always wanted to be top of the class. I’ve wanted to have the gold star. I’ve wanted to be the one who wins. And then I became a teacher. It started off well enough. In my NQT year, my university supervisor commented on how immaculately I had arranged my evidence folders. Perfectly labelled, perfectly filed, perfectly annotated. Colleagues were shown examples of my exemplary marking. I was asked to lead a CPD session on inspiring lower ability … Continue reading When Is Good Enough, Good Enough?

Top Tips to Tackle the Marking Workload for Teachers

Marking often feels like a never-ending task – what can you do to get on top of that marking again? We have some ideas below! Self-Marking Having students mark their own work is a stroke of pure genius. Providing students with the answers to a series of questions/tasks means they’ll easily be able to identify fixes, improvements and mistakes in their own work. Immediate reflection like this also means misconceptions can be caught early instead of waiting for you to find the errors later. Avoid Triple Impact Marking Hopefully you work in a school that has a sensible, well-informed marking … Continue reading Top Tips to Tackle the Marking Workload for Teachers