Author Archives: drdawnie

Something tells me I’m into something good

Lesson Study. It’s an exciting time to be involved in what appears to be the observational process of choice, certainly if the people I follow and admire on Twitter are to be believed. And you should believe them; they are … Continue reading

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‘I hold with those who favor fire’

From the smallest spark… On Sunday 19 January, I came across this tweet from @wellylearning   I clicked the link, read Doug Lemov’s blog entry and was struck by how something so apparently simple might lead to complex thinking and … Continue reading

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Canons’ Pedagogy Leaders Network Day: a hit, a palpable hit!

‘Why pamper life’s complexities when the leather runs smooth on the passenger seat?’ asks Morrissey in The Smiths’ ‘This Charming Man’. How is this relevant, you may be asking, to a post about a day of CPD at a school … Continue reading

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Through the looking-glass…

‘Let’s pretend the glass has got all soft like gauze, so that we can get through. Why it’s turning into a sort of mist now, I declare!’ (Through the Looking-Glass, Lewis Carroll). Yesterday – 23 October 2013 – I had … Continue reading

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Let’s start at the very beginning…

An 8 o’clock meeting this morning. I am given the reins of a new project: it’s time to make Teaching & Learning (or Learning & Teaching – whichever way you choose to pitch it) a central focus of our INSETs … Continue reading

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A question of progress

The title of this blogpost may be slightly misleading. The ‘p’ word. That Ofsted-sought holy grail of classroom practice in 2013. I’m afraid I won’t necessarily be addressing that issue explicitly here.I haven’t blogged for a while. I’m never convinced … Continue reading

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Leave your bananas at home…

The ‘fruit poetry’ lesson I learnt about and trialled during my PGCE (1994) has remained a favourite, being adapted over the years as the fruit is replaced variously with chocolate or marshmallows…  It was a textbook-inspired thing, I seem to … Continue reading

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