The Element of Surprise

In this evening’s blog, Penny S-K talks us through a recurring nightmare and teaching in the face of a lack of planning. Do you ever have that dream where you’re about to go on stage, and you discover that you can’t remember any of your lines? And sometimes, for added colour, you’ve also forgotten to put on any clothes? It’s a recurring nightmare for me – probably down to my slightly theatrical background and general nervousness about life. But it’s a dream that’s never been more prominent than when I was a teacher. The fear of walking into any situation … Continue reading The Element of Surprise

Is a Paperless Classroom Possible?

Last year, we saw a massive public response to reduce the impact of plastic waste in our oceans, owing largely to the impact of Sir David Attenborough and his documentary Blue Planet II had on us. But let’s face it, plastic isn’t the only culprit to have a damaging impact on our environment. In our classroom we use huge amounts of paper and paper products; be it graph paper, lined paper, tracing paper, plain paper, printing, photocopying, exercise books, jotters, scrap paper, display backing paper… I’m certain this is not an exhaustive list. Perhaps it is the lesser of two evils? … Continue reading Is a Paperless Classroom Possible?

Turn ‘Stress’ into ‘Rest!

Stress. Pressure. Strain. It doesn’t matter what synonym you use for it, the outcome is the same. Sometimes the never-ending to-do list can make you feel overwhelmed and under-resourced. What do you need to tell yourself to cope with the demand of your role and make sure that your life isn’t all work and no fun? Accept your limits This is an important one. The fact is that you aren’t going to get everything done in the day. You can productive and efficient yet sometimes, there just aren’t enough hours in the day. This doesn’t mean that you should stay … Continue reading Turn ‘Stress’ into ‘Rest!

Why Departmental Sharing is so Important

I trained at a school where each teacher planned and resourced their own lessons. Every teacher was teaching the same topic, yet each individually planned a scheme of work and delivered a range of lessons. And they were so territorial about their lessons. Worksheets were not shared. Lesson plans were not emailed around with a cheery ‘Hope this helps!’ Every man for themselves. When I was employed at my first school, the department shared everything. Lessons, worksheets, ideas and links were shared by email, in department meetings and over cups of tea in the staff room. It was a breath … Continue reading Why Departmental Sharing is so Important

How Do You Survive Form Time at Christmas?

Science content writer Claire Brown talks us through the pleasures and pitfalls of being a form tutor around Christmas time and how she engages her students with a bit of festive competition… Tis the Season to Be Jolly! I absolutely love Christmas. It’s a time filled with fun and excitement but also a time that can strike fear into teachers around the country! The build-up to Christmas is an emotional roller-coaster for both teachers and pupils alike. For some, there will be worries about getting to know a new school, for others panic about the start of a new GCSE … Continue reading How Do You Survive Form Time at Christmas?

Colour By Numbers at Key Stage 3? What’s the Pedagogy Behind These Amazing Maths Worksheets?

In this blog guest writer Henry breaks down the thought process behind our Colour by Numbers worksheets and how to get the best out of them in the classroom. I’m Henry and I’ve been working with Twinkl Secondary for two years. I taught maths in secondary schools for 4 years, where the greatest compliment I ever received was that my suit made me look like Agent 47 from the ‘Hitman’ games. Today, I want to give you the scoop on our most diverse and popular resources – Colour by Numbers. We made our first Colour by Numbers resources for Christmas … Continue reading Colour By Numbers at Key Stage 3? What’s the Pedagogy Behind These Amazing Maths Worksheets?

Encourage flipped learning in your AQA GCSE science classes

In this blog, our content writer Fiona breaks down her process for writing a “student-led” booklet for Ecology and tantalises us with talk of more to come! Fiona has been teaching for 9 years. She loves finding innovative and exciting ways to engage and inspire students in science, helping them to see the real-world applications of their learning. How do I find the time?! Let’s be honest, there are not enough hours in the day or lessons in a week to fit all that AQA biology specification content in all the detail you want to. And no matter how meticulously … Continue reading Encourage flipped learning in your AQA GCSE science classes