Feedback: In Search of The Holy Grail

Over the last 6 years I have, sadly, not discovered the holy grail of feedback. Call me a cynic but I don’t think it actually exists. This post exists merely as an account of my journey in search for it so far.

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Starting the year- Day 1

“Don’t lower your expectations to meet your performance. Raise your level of performance to meet your expectations. Expect the best of yourself, and then do what is necessary to make it a reality.”

(Ralph Marston, author of The Daily Motivator)

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Easter Reflections

On return to work tomorrow, I’ll be asking my learners to complete some short reflections on their Easter revision. We’ll discuss the other things they got up to but we need to evaluate our next steps in the weeks leading to their exams.

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#TMOxford

Before Christmas 2014, I attended the most inspirational TeachMeet to date: one that really lived up to the reputation that TeachMeets have made for themselves in the world of CPD.

The evening began with Sir Tim Brighouse, who repeated messages I’ve heard from him before but they took on a new significance in the face of my new role at College. By the way, I have resolved to only stop referring to my role as ‘new’ when I’m comfortable and confident in it. Watch this space!

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Who am I? Am I who I think I am?

These were the questions I scrawled on a ‘what do you want to learn from today’s CPD session’ starter activity. Fairly philosophical questions, as questions go. I think if any of my students stated these as questions for any one of my lessons… I’d probably have to admit defeat! Fortunately, this particular CPD session would be helping me to address this question and I didn’t get full answers but, in short, if you don’t want to read on- complex and yes…I think!

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A Journey to Remember: Auschwitz

Wednesday 30th April 2014 is a date I am certain to never forget.

It’s not because of the early start. It isn’t because of the delays at UK border control and it isn’t because of the early morning bedtime. It isn’t even because of the slight madness of visiting Poland in a day.

It is because I visited Auschwitz.

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Learning Journals: student reflection

This term, I’m reviving a lot of strategies from their cobweb covered boxes in the loft. I often try things in the classroom, find them working and then put them away again. I’ve often reflected on such bad habits and found I became increasingly irritated by my behaviour. I have accepted to some extent that teaching naturally encourages experimentation in catering for different needs and classes but I still feel this desire to add some regular elements to my repertoire.

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