The Majesty of the Markbook

‘Ergonomic Classroom Advisers’. If such a thing doesn’t already exist, I’d be surprised. An advisory group must be out there somewhere; checking teachers are looking at their PCs from the correct angle; that their chairs provide the maximal support for their aching backs; that their coffee cups contain precisely the right amount to last the…

Walking the Walk: Authentic Tests for GCSE classes

I’m writing this post in an attempt to contribute to this month’s blogsync: “What is the best place for testing in schools?” The other contributions can be found here. I write purely from personal experience. As ever, any feedback / criticisms are welcome. Authentic Tests This year our year elevens have been tested a lot. They’ve…

All the small things

As a trainee teacher, It was always my goal to achieve big things. I wanted to unlock potential in every individual I taught, making each lesson a smorgasbord of magical moments. My students were going to be the most passionate, the most brave and the most inspired bunch of individuals imaginable. And I was going to…