One of the biggest challenges teaching where I work is the huge difference in ability of the students I teach. It is not unusual for me to have in one class a few students who are almost fluent and at the same time students who slog away and who, despite their hard work (and mine), […]
All of my colleagues who have seen Triptico have fallen in love with it and it has finally got some of them using the IWB interactively and not just as a projector screen. However, some of them have had difficulty in creating backgrounds to use with the magnet activity which is limiting the way they are using […]
One activity which I used to do a lot when I first started teaching was getting my class to plan an essay together and then asking small groups of students to write up one of the points onto an acetate so that we could look at the whole essay together on the OHP. I […]
Given the recent debate on the validity of the GCSE qualification I thought that I would throw in my two-penneth worth … For me there are two issues involved here: Firstly, I think that most of us would argue that GCSEs are a valuable qualification and that they are also pretty rigorous. Mr […]
Introduction to Engrade from Engrade on Vimeo. A couple of years ago I decided to ditch my old fashioned teacher planner and use an Excel spreadsheet to record student grades. My reasons for doing this were twofold: firstly to enable me to filter each student’s grades by skill (listening, reading etc.) to identify where […]
My students loved this video (although it is a bit tricky to understand in places). We used it to stimulate a discussion about how social media can be beneficial to the elderly.
This online magazine has a range of articles (some related to AQA prescribed topics, some not) but all of which are pretty interesting and should be accessible to the majority of students. Many of the articles also have audio versions too which students can use to help them with their listening skills.