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It’s hard being a teacher…but recognition like this makes it more worthwhile



Circle time for Peer Assessment

So I got my year 7 students to sit in a large circle on the floor in my ICT room. They all had their folders out in front of them and a green pen.

We Identified as a group as many EBI’s (Even Better if) and WWW’s (What Went a Well) and wrote these on post it notes to place in the middle of the circle. Then students had to pick a few to write in their folder.

They then swapped their folders going around the circle to peer assess using the EBI’s and WWW’s listed in the middle of the circle or they chose their own one to write.

In order for them to move onto a computer task they had to individual put their folder up in the air to show me that they have done their work so they could get up and sit at a computer.

Electronic Markbooks ans Seating Plans

At the end of the week, I always update this markbook. I like to keep all my data centrally located especially when it comes to data analysis stuff. Have your data, tracking sheets and seating plans in the same excel spreadsheet and update it once a week. You can use soo many different formulas to update student grades on the seating plan so that its linked to their data, and format it so that it is easy to print and fits nicely on one page. When changing seating plans, its easier to display on the interactive whiteboard for students to see and its easier to tweak.


markbook 1 seating plan blog

Keeping Parents well-informed…

Parents Evening is always quite tiring. So why not mail-merge your marksheet to a document like the one below. Issue it to each parent during parents evening and you can also update the admin team on any parental contact details which may have changed so that SIMs is more up-to-date when calling home about a pupil.


Here parents/carers will be more well-informed about their childs progress which they and their child can fill in whilst speaking to you,

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Organising Ourselves

So How do we stay organised???


I often like to carry my own planner with me. I keep a Red and Black pen and a set of post-it notes and plastic wallets as Im always recieving bits of paper and notes to hold onto in meetings. Having a central database of information collected by staff briefings, meetings, informal discussions in the hallway with other staff allows me to stick it all in this diary.


As you can see i use different coloured paper for notes from different types of meetings and discussions.

Post-it notes are useful as students can write any queries they have and just stick it in my diary for me to research and get back to them on.


Below you can see I carry highlighters in which i colour-code things that need:


1. Printing

2. Completed over the weekend

3. Things that need to be completed today urgently

4. A list of things I need to complete tomorrow.


Cross off anything that is done to make you feel better.

photo 21How to organise your work

Presenting Information

Try to incorporate your keywords into the Master Slide of your PowerPoints. Also try to include the words P.E.E. (Point, Explanation, Evidence) so that students are constantly reminded of elaborating on their written work (Here i have added them onto the Master Slide as well). Keywords are highlighted on the levelled Learning Objectives so students can see which levels they must aim to achieve by the end of the lesson.




Teacher Awards Finalist 2009 | Head of House 2010-2011 | Raising Achievement Coordinator for KS5 2011-2013 | Teaching Leaders Fellow 2012-2013 | NQT Coordinator and Teach First Professional Mentor 2013 | Teacher of ICT KS3-5 | Head of Department 2014-2015 | Twitter @MoheeniPatel