For those of you who are interested, here are the 10 most viewed posts on my blog in 2019
- Closing the language gap: building vocabulary (November 16, 2014) It’s a mystery why a post written 5 years ago is so popular, but I can only imagine anxious teachers looking for and somehow stumbling upon Alex Quigley’s hugely popular books.
- How do we know students are making progress? Part 1 The madness of the flight paths (March 23) The first part of a four-part series outlining how we could proceed, with whatever confidence to determine whether the students are actually making the progress we believe they are. Everyone seems to hate flight paths and so this post did surprisingly well. Needless to say, the following three articles, which considered different solutions, were largely ignored.
- Three animated educational films (April 9th) This is basically a link to the BBC Bitesize site, which has a number of films I’ve worked on. Sorry to international readers: All BBC content is geolocked outside of the UK and is not available.
- Why “just reading” can do more than teach reading? (June 22) A look at a promising study in which novels are to be read has a far greater impact on children’s progress in reading than on learning understanding skills.
- Is reading comprehension a thing at all? (October 6) In this context, I doubt that reading comprehension is more than just decoding skills and understanding languages.
- The curriculum: intent, implementation and impact (July 24) A very brief summary of what Ofsted’s “3 Is” actually means.
- How do I watch a lesson? (October 11, 2016) Another oldie. Again, I’m not sure why this continues to be good business.
- What do Ofsted reports reveal about the way schools are inspected under the new framework? (October 17) Exactly what the title suggests: by examining a sample of reports written under Ofsted’s new inspection framework, I am offering some general topics that inspectors appear to be dealing with.
- What works best with SEND for children works best for all children (November 18) I am particularly pleased that this post has received so many hits. Simply put, if teachers understand how to teach the most disadvantaged children, they can be sure that these approaches are effective for all students.
- Skill = knowledge + practice (January 11) in which I present a definition of “skill” that makes it clear that teachers just Impart knowledge; Skills are acquired through student practice.
Thank you for reading and I look forward to further discussions in 2020.
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