Back in May Adam Robbins wrote an excellent blog post called The follies of yoof: Mistakes I made so you don't have to. It was essentially about bad lessons he had taught a why. I highly recommend reading it because it is a great piece of writing and very amusing. Since then a few people … Continue reading Days of future past
This blog entry is about a single lesson I taught. The lesson was part of the GCSE Religious Studies course, looking at punishment and attitudes towards prison. This was not a lesson where we are laughing at how everything went wrong (sorry). Nor was this a lesson that I think was perfect. This was not … Continue reading The Wicked + The Divine
I want to write about my worst day in teaching. This was not my worst day, this was a great day. Last week our school organised a really great day for the Year 10s. The was a range of sessions put on for them to help them think about the future. One of these was … Continue reading Mr Duckworth Vs. The Universe
About a year ago I met with my Headteacher and two of the school's Assistant Heads. This was a meeting about my role and if I am honest I felt really awkward. I had spent the last two years working as the Raising Achievement Lead for Pupil Premium students. This was a role I felt … Continue reading If this be my destiny
How cognitive load theory has changed what I do in the classroom. It has only been in the last few years that I have been introduced to Cognitive Load Theory. I suppose some elements of it were there in my training - the idea of chunking up material and... nothing else (I have already started … Continue reading Mr Duckworth: Gets it together
Using retrieval practice in my lessons for quick quizzes at the start of the lesson and after new content is explained.
Back in 2005 I started my teacher training These were exciting times for me as a 21 year old straight from university. The world seemed less complicated somehow. I had applied for the course after spending 2 wonderful weeks helping in a secondary school and loving every minute of it. I did not have particularly … Continue reading Year One. Vol 1.
What is the hardest thing about teaching? I am sure some will tell you it is the behaviour management. Others will talk about the workload, the sense that there is always more to do. Some might discuss marking. The internet just told me it is connecting with students. Or dealing with angry parents. Don't forget … Continue reading The uncertainty of learning