The Form of Classroom Culture: 3 Essential Strategies (Threshold, Do Now and STAR Sitting)

In my last two posts (found here and here) , I’ve tried to be clear about the essence and form of classroom culture. In this post, I will outline three key strategies (Threshold, Do Now and STAR Sitting) for developing classroom culture, why they matter and how I have led whole school change to embed… Continue reading The Form of Classroom Culture: 3 Essential Strategies (Threshold, Do Now and STAR Sitting)

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The Essence of ‘Classroom Culture’: Five Elements

We can't find good answers in education unless we ask the right questions. These five elements of classroom culture have helped me ask the right questions about what makes highly effective learning environments day in day out.

The Essence of ‘Classroom Culture’

What does it feel like for students to be part of our classrooms? Is it a safe place for them to be themselves? I mean really be themselves, in a place where learning is the most important thing, not compliance; a place where rules and expectations you set make sense all the way down and… Continue reading The Essence of ‘Classroom Culture’

Leading Change as a Subject Leader: Work-Life Balance and Curriculum Development

In my last post, I explained why I started my subject leader responsibilities with the development of curriculum in humanities. I tried to explain that great teaching, embedded in the research evidence, assumed a great curriculum. Therefore, developing ‘what will be taught’ carefully is a very important first step – and one that shouldn’t be… Continue reading Leading Change as a Subject Leader: Work-Life Balance and Curriculum Development

Leading Change as a Subject Leader: Improving curriculum for enduringly great teaching

When I first started out on my journey as a humanities subject leader, I reflected on where I should start. I was (and still am) privileged enough to work in a school with some highly experienced teachers. Two issues, though, were immediately apparent to me in my new role. First, despite the great teaching going… Continue reading Leading Change as a Subject Leader: Improving curriculum for enduringly great teaching