Time to reflect

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Excellent and useful article on reflection…

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We all know that a teacher’s favourite month is August…for obvious reasons!  That said though, there’s something strangely satisfying about September.  It’s a time to reflect on the year that has just gone and think about what went well and what you want to focus on over the coming year.  I like the fact that we have a re-start every September.

With this in mind, during our INSET day, we shared some things to encourage all of us to reflect on our classroom practice.  The first was these three questions, from Robert Coe:

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These are brilliant questions, that require honest reflection from all teachers.  In the words of Daniel Willingham, ‘memory is the residue of thought’ but in reality, how often do we really require our students to think hard?  This is difficult.  If you have a class of thirty students, they will all have different starting points, so getting all of them…

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