Picture our 16 year old, tattooed with a starry array of GCSE grades, her bag filled with books and jam, surreptitiously listening to the new Harry Styles album on her headphones as she glides purposefully through the city streets. Chip shops to the left, Freedom heads up the hill towards the library. Coffee shops to… Continue reading Freedom, what’s the point of school?
On a scale of 1 to 10 where one is as cool as a cucumber and ten is erupting like Mount Vesuvius, the optimum place for a teacher to be, when it comes to behaviour, is hovering somewhere between -5 and -2. So, 1. Start cool, practise coolness, move towards freezing Whether the students… Continue reading Start cool, practise coolness, move towards freezing – a Behaviour Top 8
Recently, I was interested to read this from Daniel T. Willingham about Inflexible and Flexible Knowledge. For me, the article has insights into what I consider to be three broad approaches to teaching, and begs the question of how best to achieve flexible knowledge for our students. The three approaches I identify, and I will… Continue reading Inflexible & Flexible Knowledge
This is a summary of my thoughts on a whole-school Assessment Policy. If you have any thoughts, please let me know Ofsted have a good reasonable view on assessment, let’s go forward with their principles. Formative Assessment must be about improving the knowledge (and know-how) of the students. All formative assessment must be efficient in… Continue reading A Whole School Assessment Policy
Where is the joy in Education? Cognitive Science, tracking the teacher, embedding routines, recap testing... where's the joy? I remember telling a colleague five years ago that my main priority as a teacher was to get my students interested in my subject. I said that if they got the bug for my subject there would… Continue reading Where’s the joy?
This is a precursor, or prequel if you like, to my blog about a teacher who never tries to motivate, engage or win over his students. This is a fiction and is set 10 years or so before the original blog. Although it's a fiction, and describes an unusual approach to teaching, I think it's… Continue reading Sonny – the prequel
Some years ago I took a coach tour in northern provinces of India. The fields of green mustard leaves behind the trees sparsely lining the road between Agra and Jaipur were radiant against the pale blue mountains in the distance. “Look at the women in the fields,” prompted one of my fellow tourists, “aren’t their… Continue reading Should one speak up?
This is in response to my last post, about a teacher who never attempts to engage, motivate or win over his students. Sonny's interactions with the students outside class are similar to those he has with any children, for example the children of colleagues. He is pleasant, kind, helpful and interested in their lives. He… Continue reading Notes about Sonny: relationships with students.
This is a story about a teacher, it's a fiction. Sonny wants to teach well, he wants his students to have the best possible Education. As he casts his gaze around his classroom he thinks to himself "what could I be doing better?" He's been teaching for ten years; never promoted. The school he's been… Continue reading A story about a Teacher who never attempts to engage, motivate or win over his students.
Twitter name: @rufuswilliam
Subject taught (if applicable): Maths
Position: Lead Coach
What is your advice about? Getting a great night’s sleep
- A school night? No alcohol, no caffeine after midday, and milk & honey before bed.
- Have a hot bath with Epsom salts.
- Read in the evenings, don’t work or go on Twitter or watch TV.
- Go to bed at 10 pm, don’t ever set the alarm for earlier than 6.
- No one ever finishes all their work to their desired standard every day. Set a time each day which you won’t ever work beyond and stick to it.