Thinking on...Look how far we've come

Back in March I shared the wonderful work of Charlie Makesy (1)  As we started our period of lockdown I quoted Miranda Hart’s notes on the back cover of his book ‘The Boy, the mole, the fox and the Horse’ when she said “Simply, the world needs Charlie’s work right now”. 

Six months later and,…

Posted by /blog/author/davidhilton on 8 September 2020

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Thinking on Wellbeing...Taken for granted

Taken for granted                                             

Very recently my wife and I were fortunate enough to take advantage of a sunny morning and enjoy a drive through the beautiful Kent countryside.  There was no real purpose to our journey through the Weald, other than to just enjoy…

Posted by /blog/author/davidhilton on 9 June 2020

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Thinking on Wellbeing...Andrew Redman (6)

‘Working from a place of rest’

Over a number of years I have valued the support and care from my personal supervisor, a wise and experienced ex-headteacher and Methodist lay minister.  She has grown to know me very well and during this period of lockdown I often find myself thinking, what would…

Posted by /blog/author/davidhilton on 3 June 2020

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Book Review : Closing the (Reading) Gap

 

Alex Quigley

A David Fulton Book (ISBN 978-0-367-27688-1)

 

Alex Quigley follows up his previous publication ‘Closing the Vocabulary Gap’ with his take on how we can develop our knowledge and skills to teach reading with confidence.

It is another of the recent glut of easy to…

Posted by /blog/author/davidhilton on 3 June 2020

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Thinking on Wellbeing...Andrew Redman (5)

If, like my eldest daughter, I had faced the full force of a pandemic in my first year of headship, I am not sure how or if I would have coped.  ‘Back in the day’, email was not yet available and contact with parents, local schools, the local authority and the wider world was conducted by phone…

Posted by /blog/author/davidhilton on 13 May 2020

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What does it look like in the classroom? - Bridging the Gap Between Research and Practice

A John Catt Publication (ISBN 978-1-911382-37-9)

 

Research is for academics. Research provides lots of theories to explain what is happening. Research does not have any impact on me. I just get on with my job.

I would suggest that there are many teachers who would share this view and…

Posted by /blog/author/davidhilton on 13 May 2020

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How to retain an oracy approach to teaching online...

There’s a risk that online teaching and learning which is occurring as a result of the closure of schools might precipitate a reversion to solely written forms of activity and response. To counter that, here are ten suggestions for making your online lessons as interactive as possible, and…

Posted by /blog/author/davidhilton on 28 April 2020

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PODCAST - Cal Newport the Importance of Deep Work

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Cal Newport argues that the most important skill to develop is the ability to do “deep work”. This is work that allows you to make big leaps and accomplish your long-term objectives rather than getting stuck in the muck and mire of “shallow work”. He teaches us what deep…

Posted by /blog/author/davidhilton on 15 April 2020

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PODCAST - The one you feed: Tiny Habits for Behaviour Change with BJ Fogg

In this episode, he and Eric discuss his new book, Tiny Habits: The Small Changes that Change Everything. There is so much practical, applicable wisdom in this episode. If you have any changes you want to make, any habits you’d like to start in your life, this episode could be a game-changer for…

Posted by /blog/author/davidhilton on 15 April 2020

Category: Behaviour

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Thinking on...Wellbeing (4) Andy Redman

Over the Easter weekend I tried very hard to focus on and enjoy ‘the present’, the ‘here and now’.  It wasn’t easy and I’m not sure I succeeded. Speaking with members of our family based in London, in a flat without a garden and in lock-down for 12 weeks, at least, due to an on-going health issue,…

Posted by /blog/author/davidhilton on 14 April 2020

Category: Wellbeing

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Thinking on...Wellbeing (3) Heather Madsen

The Power of Collaborative Mindset

 

September 2019 at the ALT Headteacher conference discussion regarding the ever increasing concerns regarding the mental health of our pupils led to the development of a strategy within the North Suffolk hub schools.  The establishment of CHIMP (Children’s…

Posted by /blog/author/davidhilton on 8 April 2020

Category: Mental Health

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The Problems with Research

Dylan Williams Keynote Speech – research ED, Haninge, Feb 9th 2019

 

This video presentation considers the shortfalls of research and how we need to make more use of the researcher/teacher relationship.

He starts with an overview of the vast array of educational research over the past…

Posted by /blog/author/davidhilton on 7 April 2020

Category: pedagogy

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