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What can we learn from Dylan Wiliam and AfL?

Great blog on AfL

Pragmatic Education


‘The only thing we learn from the past is how little we’ve learned from our mistakes’.

Geog Wilhem Friedrich Hegel


‘Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it’

George Santayana


 ‘Blessed are the forgetful: for they get the better even of their blunders’.

Friedrich Nietzsche


Inside the black box of classroom practice…


Formative assessment helps pupils understand how to improve

but requires teachers to focus on what works best and change their habits of practice.


i. What AfL is: getting pupils to understand how to improve.


Before I started to teach, my Head of Department said, ‘if you read one thing, read ‘Inside the Black Box’. So I did. AfL seemed to revolve around getting and providing effective feedback (1999). Research that summarised 250 assessment articles over a decade argued that AfL ‘could do more to improve educational…

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Quality Teacher Talk

The quality of talk in the classroom is a key theme of our CPD programmes – this is well worth a look

Full On Learning

In this typically engaging short video piece from Hans Rosling, the world-renowned data visualisation and data-entertainment guru (see his brilliant TED Talks for more), identifies the power of explaining using props. He emphasises that although video can be used to explain some concepts, (see Ted-ED for examples to use if you’re looking to implement some flipped learning in your lessons), nothing replaces the teacher and their ability   to make learning fun through the explanations they can offer. For teachers and presenters alike,  being able to draw upon a vast repertoire of explaining is fundamental to being able to meet the needs of all learners/ listeners. As a result, there’s a great opportunity to keep refreshing ‘explaining techniques’ and consider the many ways we can employ quality teacher talk to differentiate, challenge and encourage learners to understand new concepts and think in new ways.

I’ve included a screen shot of an observation format I use very…

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