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 :)


DESC Staff Reading Group Meetings-

Autumn Term

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The rules are there ain’t no rules! Trying to be a “better” English teacher…

“The rules are there ain’t no rules” Grease 1978

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SPARK @ KHDA #WWDubai 2015-16

Monday 28th September 2015- Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Medical Academy, Dubai, UAE

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Teacher well-being: Why Dubai is leading the way!

SEVEN ways to use FOUR to GROW!

Teaching like it’s 2099! 4 to Grow: Technology

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“If there’s one thing that educators need to understand, it’s that you can neither understand nor solve problems just within the context and bright lines of subject content. Learning to be an innovator is about learning to cross disciplinary boundaries and exploring problems and their solutions from multiple perspectives.”

Director of Talent at Google inc

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‘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

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