From the Sandpit…

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

‘5 weeks….5 books’ Part 3: Measuring up!

Teaching to the test can be good or bad: good if it means teaching a focused and aligned curriculum; bad if it reduces instruction to the memorisation of test items. (Baker 2004)

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Context is king….

“The best advice I ever got was that knowledge is power and to keep reading” David Bailey

Twitter has been in a sharing mood of late and as I’ve taken, thought it would be a nice idea to give a little something back. Hence I am sharing the knowledge organisers I have made for our English Department in preparation for next academic year.

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‘5 weeks….5 books’ Part 2: Teaching for effective learning

5 weeks, 5 books….

Been in blogging hibernation recently, not for any particular reason, other than the demands of a full teaching timetable. Those who do manage to blog with such inimitable frequency, I take Continue reading “5 weeks, 5 books….”

What can school leaders learn from Robert Townsend?

Yesterday I watched this TED talk by Bob Davids who was talking about management/leadership and who inspired him as a leader. He spoke of Robert Townsend Continue reading “What can school leaders learn from Robert Townsend?”

What can school leaders learn from Steve Jobs?

“My model for business is the Beatles. They were four guys who kept each other’s kind of negative tendencies in check. They balanced each other, and the total was greater than the sum of the parts. That’s how I see business: Great things in business are never done by one person. They’re done by a team of people.” Steve Jobs

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Presentation materials- SPARK presents Dubai_Lead Meet 24th Feb 2015

Keven Bartle- Keynote Continue reading “Presentation materials- SPARK presents Dubai_Lead Meet 24th Feb 2015”

Assessment after levels: Don’t reinvent the wheel, just steal the hubcaps!

TWO days to go till I present on the topic of ‘Assessment after levels’ at ‘SPARK presents Dubai Lead Meet’, the first SLT focused Teach Meet in the Middle East, made even more exciting as Continue reading “Assessment after levels: Don’t reinvent the wheel, just steal the hubcaps!”

14 Blogposts for 2014! #14for2014

As the year draws to a close, thought I would share some of my favourite edu blogposts of 2014! #14for2014 Continue reading “14 Blogposts for 2014! #14for2014”

Assessment after levels- In search of the holy grail….

Life without levels: with opportunity comes responsibility @DrDanNicholls Continue reading “Assessment after levels- In search of the holy grail….”

DESC #BookBuddies Meeting One- Make it stick!

The books have arrived….(finally!), delighted to have DESC’s staff book club up and running! We currently have 3 book groups that will run parallel to each other. The chosen books for our first Continue reading “DESC #BookBuddies Meeting One- Make it stick!”

@DESCENGLISH Tuesday Tweak of the week!

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