Project preview: Civilisation

Civilisation is a project we did last year and following some reflections, I have updated the project with the aim of making it even more engaging and rigorous (academically and wider learner attributes).  The main outcome from the project we want to achieve is an improved product.  So by redesigning the process I think this […]

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Project analysis: Urban Ecology

Hampstead Heath was the chosen location for our joint Biology/Geography expedition.  The project has huge potential for next year, this blog post reflects on some of the positives and issues of what we hope will be many more learning expeditions. Hampstead Heath is a stunning area of natural beauty situated in London and a short […]

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A departmental review part 2 – Liberating the curriculum

Over the last two weeks I have had three very inspirational encounters.  Prof. David Price spoke eloquently at my school recently about the origins of UCL and the principles which it is built upon.  Jeremy Bentham the founder of utilitarianism was an advocate of personal freedoms and called for among others equal rights for women, […]

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Facilitating online research

Facilitating online research has been on my mind as students work through their ‘Dereliction’ enquiry project.  Reading books such as David Price’s ‘Open’ or Will Richardson’s ‘Why School’ are hugely influential to my role as an educator.  I agree that the role of technology, in particular the ‘Google search’, means we can find out pretty […]

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Experimenting with add-ons to google docs

This week I have been playing around with google drive, specifically some of the apps attached that can enhance docs, sheets and forms.  I’ve discovered how to use the ‘flubaroo’ add on for google forms that allows auto-marking of multiple choice quizzes.  These are becoming an essential part of the course and projects we are […]

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Assessment: anyhow, anywhere, anytime…

Branwen Jeffreys asks the question ‘Is memory needed in a digital age? in this BBC article.  We are increasing relying on digital devices to remember information and to answer questions we have.  Because devices are now ubiquitous, students can learn things ‘horizontally’ through instant access to the internet rather than having to rely on a […]

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Assessing knowledge and understanding using google forms

‘Make it Stick’ by Brown et al is a fabulous book that highlights the need for spacing and interleaving of learning.  I am concious of this when designing the curriculum, allowing for tasks that look back, link to and build on prior knowledge.  This post is about how i’ve developed the use of google forms […]

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Designing and building a GCSE curriculum from scratch – part 1

I work in an academy that is now in its third year.  We are beginning to design what I hope to be an inspiring and expansive curriculum for our students moving into GCSE’s.  Having taught GCSE Geography in the past.  The team I worked with and I were very much going through the motions with […]

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Project analysis: Migration Stories – cultural references to learning

Chapter 6 of Graham Nuthalls fabulous book ‘The Hidden Lives of Learners’ is about the role of ethnicity in the classroom.  I teach in a multi-ethnic school in London.  Most schools in London would have a high number of EAL students.  Nuthalls research shows that students become more engaged if there are references to students […]

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Project analysis: Water We Doing

Project analysis: Water We Doing Project overview We know that the modern world faces many issues and challenges from climate change and unsustainable resource exploitation to widening inequality within Britain and globally.  I believe that students need to have a new type of knowledge that will enable them to have a high level of wellbeing. […]

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