Two years into teaching, I was in the staffroom scribbling furiously over yet another essay in department-mandated green pen when a colleague asked me a simple question that completely changed my approach to marking. Even better, it ultimately led to my marking becoming faster, more effective, and more efficient!
This is one of my favourite variations of what Alex Quigley, writer of The Confident Teacher, calls “Post it note pedagogy”. The mileage of this task depends very much on the subject and the topic; while it may not be appropriate for everything on the curriculum, it works a treat when revising concepts that provoke discussion! I sell this to my students (with tongue ever-so- slightly in cheek) as “the educational party game where everyone’s a winner..."
For the months of September and October I will be publishing weekly articles on effective teaching strategies for trainee teachers and NQTs. This first entry is an 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!
Sometimes a play can be so callous, so poorly-judged, so utterly tone-deaf that one isn't sure whether to laugh or cry. On this occasion, however, my mind is rather made up.
That lower-case "w" in "Curley's wife" stands for some terrible, terrible things. It would be nice to capitalise it, to give it the appearance of a name, to treat it as a title rather than as an insult. But we can't...
In this paper I discuss the ways in which Shakespearean performance can be used to promote student wellbeing in education. Originally presented at the BritGrad conference, June 2018.
I didn't know it at the time, but this essay marked a beginning for me: it was the first stage of a process of reflection, trial-and-error, mistakes and successes - a process that continues to this day.