This is an updated version of a blog I posted this time last year. But only slightly…
When I came to rewrite my ‘reading list’ for new staff starting at Wellacre in September 2015, I found that much of what I included last year is still just as relevant twelve months on. Reminisce, enjoy, and if you like what you read then I encourage you to find more like it – let me know in the comments if you think you’ve found something to be added to the list.
Don’t judge me or anything, but I’m actually (whisper) quite excited about the start of term in a couple of weeks. It’s all Twitter’s fault really, with so many excellent #BackToSchool blogs circulating recently it’s hard not to get swept along with all the positivity and good advice!
I’ve collected together this short summary of some of the best articles I’ve read over the last few days, and that I think Wellacre staff will be most interested in. It’s not supposed to be exhaustive, and if you like what you read then I thoroughly recommend following all of these authors on Twitter – there’s a ton more where this came from.
There’s a section further down that’s particularly for NQTs, but in the main there’s thought-provoking stuff here for all teachers, not just those new to the profession. Enjoy!
Reflecting on last year and planning for a new term:
David Didau’s fantastic ‘Back To School’ blog series – Didau (@LearningSpy) on Routines, Relationships, Planning, Marking and Literacy. Highly recommended.
‘Big ideas’ that link to this year’s focus at Wellacre:
Ten Silver Arrows: Ideas to penetrate the armour of ingrained practice by @headguruteacher – headteacher Tom Sherrington presents his top ten ideas for changing what you routinely do for the better, for each of which you could say if you do just one thing, do this.
Contemporary educational ideas all my staff should know about by @headguruteacher – Sherrington again on the importance of having a shared language for talking about teaching and learning across a school. If you only watch a few of the video clips here then we’ll be well on the way to doing that at Wellacre.
Video CPD library by @Shaun_Allison – some crossover with the previous link, but well worth a look for the sheer quality of what’s available here. Shaun has collected together some of the very best video clips for developing teaching & learning. A must-see.
Top ten evidence-based teaching strategies by @shaunkillian – We know that some teaching strategies seem to work better than others, right? Here’s a handy list of those with the most research evidence behind them.
For those new to (or unconvinced by) Twitter:
Particularly for NQTs:
How to teach… Behaviour management by @GuardianTeach – Behaviour is often at the forefront of NQTs’ minds, reassure yourself with this collection of straightforward tips and strategies (and links to even more).
Enjoy what’s left of the holiday!