Alex Quigley

The Three Fs of Technology: Flexible, Familiar, Frequent

The idea of students sitting in front of PCs learning how to use Word is as dead as the proverbial dead parrot. It is already an antiquated model of learning and technology – like chalk or fountain pens with ink-wells. Whilst the DfE dithers about what they should do with technology, schools are left with …

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A Taste of Berger: Reading ‘An Ethic of Excellence’

Reading Ron Berger’s ‘An Ethic of Excellence’ should not be undertaken in the hubbub of morning buses or busy trains, nor it the middle of a lively office – it should be enjoyed in the privacy of a quiet room at home – preferably in a New England home, designed by Ron himself, with a …

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Crafting and Drafting – Creating a Culture of Excellence

Firstly, may I say that this post is directly inspired by Ron Berger’s book, ‘An Ethic of Excellence: Building A Craftsmanship with Students’ and ideas related to the concept of #marginalgains. My starting point is my current work with my Year 11 GCSE English group. We are undertaking mock exam preparation, but not in the …

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Using ‘Marginal Gains’ for Self-Assessment (with useful resources)

Today I got to properly embed the concept of #marginalgains into my practice as an effective self-assessment tool. After the fantastic spectacle of the London Olympics I was determined to utilise the powerful narrative of effort and commitment with my students. I began using Olympic anecdotes almost straight away to try to foster a growth …

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