Articles

CIPD 2018 Finalist Banner CIPD Finalists

Mark’s work with Mile Cross Primary School, Norwich, helping to develop the quality of teaching, has reached the finals of …

TEACH PRIMARY Teach Primary Article

April’s edition of Teach Primary magazine included an article by us based on a key theme from our latest book; Teaching Backwards. …

teaching backwards orange Teaching Backwards Reviews

The authors have produced a stimulating and thought provoking text for practitioners at all levels.  It is overflowing with excellent …

Engaging Learners Engaging Learners Review

I recently reviewed “Engaging Learners”, which is a companion book to the one reviewed here. Teaching Backwards” is written in …

High Expectations icon Teaching Backwards: High Expectations

The first stage in the process of teaching backwards is to create a classroom environment where all share high expectations. …

Feedback Teaching Backwards: Feedback

In this era of high accountability, teachers are being asked to provide more feedback than ever before.  However, as this …

Challenge icon Teaching Backwards: Challenge

Challenge forms a crucial part of the teaching backwards process for three key reasons.  Without challenge, teachers will not get …

Destinations icon Teaching Backwards: Defining and De-mystifying the Destination

At the heart of teaching backwards is a thinking process that requires teachers to plan and teach backwards from a clear and …

Starting points icon Teaching Backwards: Starting Points

If you are going to plan a journey, you need to be clear on your own starting point before you consider …

Untitled Level Up Explaining

Explaining is a key skill in the armoury of teachers.  Yet it is often hugely underrated.  The better you are …

photo 1 Level Up Class Induction

From experience, many teachers know the usefulness of inducting their new class.  Some of the suggestions below will help teachers to …

The learning pit Level Up Resilience

Being able to cope with, and overcome, difficulty and challenge is one of the key elements in becoming a successful …

learner clarity Level Up Learner Clarity

The more clarity learners have about what to do, how to do it, and what the final outcome should look …

photo-3-300x225 Level Up Curiosity

Curiosity can be aroused in many ways, such as stimulating questions, teases, predictions, wonder and even awe. It is particularly …

metacognition Level Up Meta-Cognition

Meta-cognition entails an awareness of your own thinking.  The strategies in this 4by4 help train learners to become better thinkers, …