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My teenage children are food savvy; thanks mainly to their food tech teacher. I'm constantly nudged and nagged about portion size, nutritional balance... [Read on ...]

Posted in: Curious Cabinet
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“I wish I had your job; staying in hotels, living it up, all those toiletries,” says the class-based teacher to the roving nomadic trainer... [Read on ...]

Posted in: Curious Cabinet
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It’s coming up to Thinking Classroom’s 10th Birthday (23rd July). In 2002 I jumped ship (from teaching’s aircraft carrier to a nearb... [Read on ...]

Posted in: Teaching
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Back in 1999 I visited New City School in St Louis. I still keep in touch with Tom Hoerr its inspirational and pragmatic principal. And I still receiv... [Read on ...]

Posted in: Leadership
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Fed up with the dull old lesson obs? Fed up with scaring teachers and going backwards?  Want something different? Want to let them fly?  Put... [Read on ...]

Posted in: Leadership
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Last week I fired up Wii Sports for a quick game of virtual baseball with my son. Appearing on his team was a Wii icon of my cousin. She passed a... [Read on ...]

Posted in: Curious Cabinet
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I'm more spiritual than religious, more scientific than sacramental. But I keep my mind open to all people and all ideas. I learn more that way.&... [Read on ...]

Posted in: Policy & Politics
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She's revising. I admire her time management; a healthy balance of work, rest and play. However the 'rest' includes a regular morning run on the Downs... [Read on ...]

Posted in: Mindset/Skillset
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From the 21st C. book of educational lateral thinking problems, No36.- A man spends the day in his office in Winchester, never once ... [Read on ...]

Posted in: Teaching
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In my NQT year I got a visit from an HMI. Accompanied by the head I could tell they wanted a favour. It was this, "Mike, could we video you in action?... [Read on ...]

Posted in: Teaching
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Is a qualification in Nail Care equivalent to one or more GCSEs?  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-16789215  What about Horse, Fish o... [Read on ...]

Posted in: Policy & Politics
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This morning I've had two diverse experiences of live video: 1. A demo and short training session from Stephen at IrisConnect on using the Live View ... [Read on ...]

Posted in: Policy & Politics
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 I like my Wordles; a fast intuitive prologue to the detail. I also like comparing them over time and across perspectives. Here are two, juxtapos... [Read on ...]

Posted in: Curriculum
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iphone, HTC wireless hotspot, ipad, 1 very willing and able outstanding teacher, a 5 bar Tmobile 3G signal and we're good to go for what I believe is ... [Read on ...]

Posted in: Leadership
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 From Kings and Queens and rows and MFL to technology and competing globally. Here's a wordle of his speech in Birmingham 1 Dec 2011...cautiously... [Read on ...]

Posted in: Policy & Politics
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 Various thoughts on strike day: 1. Calculate your pension here: https://www.teacherspensions.co.uk/members/resources/calculators.aspx 2. ... [Read on ...]

Posted in: Policy & Politics
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 My son had to write a melodrama similar to Sweeney Todd for homework. He was idealess. So I showed him this week's Storytime. There was a pictur... [Read on ...]

Posted in: Thinking Skills
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A fascinating day this week: I co-observed 9 lessons with an Ofsted inspector. We debriefed, moderated and came to the conclusion that there is a sign... [Read on ...]

Posted in: Assessment
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about 7 years late joining the Movember thing, but better late than... Pics and donate here:  http://uk.movember.com/mospace/2134368 Waiting f... [Read on ...]

Posted in: Curious Cabinet
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This ticks many learning, thinking  and creativity boxes: http://www.jugit.co.uk : Creativity (how ELSE can we dispense milk?) Enviro... [Read on ...]

Posted in: Curious Cabinet
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