Stressing The Statistics

Saturday, 19 March 2022
Stressing The Statistics

On our last CPD day, held over Zoom, we heard a talk from a guy discussing a statistical analysis of our department’s exam results. He said they were...

The Accountability Scenario

Saturday, 19 February 2022

Long ago, in my first job, in my first school I was, for a while, the convener of a short-lived Staff Association. In that role I was talking, one day,...

In Memory Of The Martyrs

Sunday, 31 October 2021
In Memory Of The Martyrs

I follow a Facebook group that shares pictures and cartoons associated with teaching. A week or so ago the picture at the top of this blog appeared on...

Binning Best Practice

Monday, 16 August 2021
Binning Best Practice

A few years ago there was a TV programme called ‘Room 101’ where celebrities nominated things that they wanted removed from the world forever to be consigned...

In My Day

Monday, 24 February 2020
In My Day

At eight o’clock on Thursday night the Scottish Government released figures that showed that attainment in Higher level exams had fallen, in some subjects...

What No One Wants

Wednesday, 12 February 2020
What No One Wants

I’ve never met a teacher who really loved marking homework. I’ve never met a teacher whose enthusiasm for homework spilled out into their teaching to...

Without Question

Thursday, 30 January 2020
Without Question

About two decades ago (man, I feel so old sometimes) I was involved in an educational initiative concerned with formative assessment known as ‘Assessment...

That's The Way To Do It

Thursday, 23 January 2020
That's The Way To Do It

Resource Based Learning - that’s what it was called. It was just coming in as I was in my last year or so at university. Evidence had it, so I gathered,...

Expert Criticism

Wednesday, 15 January 2020
Expert Criticism

In the dying days of the last decade I found myself wondering what was most the most dangerously stupid thing I’d heard a politician say during those...

Spinning Plates

Tuesday, 7 January 2020
Spinning Plates

So. Back to work today at the beginning of a new term, and what a busy term it’s going to be. Unless my school is very different from others across Scotland,...