Community, Collaboration and Assessment in our Classrooms

I have spent the holidays catching up on my professional reading, connecting with other teachers and thinking about my next step forward. The book that caught my imagination most was Dylan Wiliam and Siobhan Leahy’s Embedding Formative Assessment Practical Techniques for K-12 classrooms. Next term, I am planning on facilitating a group of teachers who…

Challenge accepted

Life is full of challenges. Learning is no exception. I am in the enviable and honoured position of working directly with both teachers and their students and in recent weeks, I have watched with interest as the gauntlet of challenge was thrown at their feet. Here is the story of the students’ challenge; During the…

Trust builds learning

Yesterday, a teacher was running late, so I offered to take her Year 1 class until she arrived. As I stood at the top of their line, I noticed the smiling but curious faces wondering what I was doing there and where was Miss S? But as small children do, they implicitly trusted me and…

A bright day when the fog rises

Today, I highjacked a Year 5 class. I asked them what 15 x 70 was and immediately they went to pick up their pencil and paper. But wait! I want you to answer it mentally. One of them gave me the answer. 1050. How did you get it? 15x 7 then added zero. I did…