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From the Sandpit…

Musings on all things education by an ex-pat teaching in Dubai, passionate about professional learning, teaching English, evidence informed practice and collaboration :)

Research Rocks!

DESC Reading groups 2017

DESC English Lecture Series

To prepare our students for their GCSE mock exams each teacher took on responsibility for a particular area and put together a lecture that was delivered to students in our auditorium.

Recordings of the lectures for the AQA GCSE English Language Exam to aid with revision: Continue reading “DESC English Lecture Series”

#SPARKenglish

On Saturday 28th January 2017 English teachers from across Dubai got together at #SPARKenglish to collaborate, explore and share best practice!

A HUGE thank you to Sunmarke school in Dubai for hosting the event and to the staff at DESC and Sunmarke for presenting!

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#TeamSynergy

Collaborative or collective planning absolutely makes sense in large departments delivering a universal curriculum. With the new GCSE English Language in full force this year, the English Department’s planning at DESC has shown that teaching life can be so much easier and lots of fun when you plan together and for each other. A most recent example had a certain synchronicity reflecting the variety of expertise within our department and ability to implement technology effectively in the classroom.

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“DO NOW” Activities

FIVE ways to break the ice with your new class!

1) WOULD YOU RATHER?

This game can be played with or without dice, students land on a square and then have to Continue reading “FIVE ways to break the ice with your new class!”

DESC ENGLISH ESSENTIALS

CONTENTS DESC ENGLISH ESSENTIALS 1

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Impact Evaluation- Is what we’re doing working?

“Everything that can be counted does not necessarily count; everything that counts cannot necessarily be counted” Albert Einstein Continue reading “Impact Evaluation- Is what we’re doing working?”

MOTIVATIONAL MONDAY! Tips for increasing Teacher motivation

Recently I spoke at the Bett conference in Abu Dhabi about teacher motivation and what Continue reading “MOTIVATIONAL MONDAY! Tips for increasing Teacher motivation”

I wanna see you Swivl it, just a little bit…

Recently our Director of technology at DESC introduced me to the Siwvl robot, an ingenious Continue reading “I wanna see you Swivl it, just a little bit…”

Strategies for a THINKING classroom

In a thinking classroom, the development of enquiry, reflection and critical thinking skills is the Continue reading “Strategies for a THINKING classroom”

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