Author Archives: Kelvin Furze

Why it’s good to be Random

Assessment for learning strategies can sometimes be difficult to implement in the classroom, but Jennifer English’s blog post Trying to embed some simple formative assessment into my practice  highlights how it can be done.  Her comments about the use of the ‘no hands-up classroom’  and the importance  of ‘thinking time’ encouraged me to post my

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Getting stuck in!

Are school working parties a waste of time?   My old maths teacher once told me that there are three kinds of people in the world: those who make things happen, those who let things happen and those who wonder what the bloody hell has happened. She was standing over me at the time as

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The Focus Lesson

The FOCUS lesson is the second phase of the instructional model I am attempting to use in my classroom.  It follows on from the first phase: Experiential Engagement and is explained in The Formative Assessment Action Plan. A vital aspect of the teaching and learning cycle is providing FEED UP  in order to to establish

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Shades of Grey

Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde My rating: 5 of 5 stars Whilst it is true that the world needs another dystopian novel about as much as it needs a meteorite strike,  this is an awesome book.  It was a good companion through a long, troubled night. I tried to put it down, but sleep

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Plan A.

My goal for 2016 is to effectively embed AFL (Assessment for learning) practices into my teaching. I’ve mentioned elsewhere the fact that  AFL practices top the list of the most effective strategies to improve student learning and yet almost 20 years after the original research  they are still not being implemented successfully in the majority

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The Freedom Writers Diary

The Freedom Writers Diary by Erin Gruwell My rating: 3 of 5 stars All teachers must read this!  There just aren’t enough books like this reminding teachers that no matter how hard they work and no matter how much they sacrifice, there will always be someone, somewhere working harder and giving up more. The book is

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