Education, Teaching Strategies

Quick and effective lesson ideas #3 – The Recall Challenge

Whenever I need to teach a large amount of dry content in a short space of time, the Recall Challenge is my go-to strategy. It’s engaging, highly effective, and turns “cramming” into a competition – and one grounded in solid pedagogical methodology, to boot!

Education, Teaching Strategies

Quick and effective lesson ideas #2 – The Research Review

The trick to guaranteeing that independent research is meaningful and worthwhile lies in equipping your students with the tools that they need to succeed: step-by-step instructions, clear aims and a sense of purpose, and guidance as to what they should be looking for.  Enter... the Research Review.

Education, Essays, Teaching Strategies

The first year of teaching: Five things I wish I’d known…

Over September and October I will be publishing a series of articles on effective teaching strategies for trainee teachers and NQTs. This first entry is a broad overview based on my own experience in the profession, but subsequent articles will offer brief (but, I hope, useful and practical!) examples of lessons, ideas, and resources that saved my bacon on more than one occasion!