When it comes to feedback, there has been lots of blogs about feedback to pupils – written and verbal and in lesson responsive teaching. There have been fewer about how feedback can help improve an aspect of a teacher’s classroom practice in terms of their subject pedagogical knowledge.
If medicine was run like education there would be many more patients who wouldn’t survive the random, un-evidenced and poorly researched treatments given. I can look back on a career of maximum effort, huge expenditure of energy, long hours and too little progress. Continue reading
I’ve always taken the view; forgiveness is often easier to get than permission. I was lucky to work for a number of headteachers and governors who kept an eye on the bottom line but granted me the freedom to work as I saw best. It also helps if you develop a sixth sense about when it is time to explain your stance and when you should quickly, unreservedly and sincerely apologise. I became better at the letter as my career progressed.