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Monthly top 5 roundup – February 2015

Top five pages from the Internet, top five pages from this site and product of the month all in one convenient place.

The power of five

Top 5 pages from the Internet

1. New commission on primary assessment – After telling schools that they should work out for themselves how to assess pupils, now a commission is being set up to tell schools how they should assess.
2. The problem with lesson planning – David Didau on his blog, The Learning Spy, started the month looking at lesson planning.
3. The challenge for the DfE with workload – Michael Tidd takes a look at the government workload challenge and concludes, “At least we’re heading in the right direction.”
4. The expert in a year challenge – An illustration of the possibilities when targeted practice and growth mindset are brought together.
5. Resourceasourus.co.uk – This site gets a special mention. It looks new but sites like this are breaking with the tradition that teachers should share their work for free. It will be interesting to see if any school ever challenges on the basis of intellectual property rights. Until then, pop your teaching resources on here and receive payment each time they are downloaded.

Top 5 pages from this site

1. All the info. you need to know about teaching abroad – With over 4000 views, this collection of links to information about teaching abroad gets February’s top slot.
2. Two great ideas for displaying pupil targets
3. Teacher turnover and high performing school systems – Why is teacher turnover so low (3%) in high performing school systems?
4. Combating cyber bullying – A great free video resource for exploring cyber bullying with pupils.
5. Using a portfolio effectively on interview – What should be in an interview portfolio and how can you use it to secure your next education post?

Product of the month

This month we have been discussing display in school. We agreed a display policy and then spent time making sure that class displays were purposeful and focused on learning. We also had a staff meeting where we walked around the school and each teacher spent a couple of minutes talking about how they were using display in their own classrooms. A great resource for display ideas is the Belair series of books. The link below is for the general primary display book but there are others with ideas for specific curriculum areas.

Belair on display – The Essential Guide to Primary Display
by Noel Springett-McHugh

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Combating cyber bullying

Bullying is fast getting over taken by cyber bullying, online bullying with a far greater reach. This is what came from Year 6 (11 year old) pupils this week when I led a session to explore cyber bullying.

We started the lesson with pupils discussing what they thought constituted bullying. They came up with the usual responses of insulting behaviour or ignoring somebody. This soon spread into the difference between being unkind and bullying. Bullying required, according to the pupils, an ongoing or repetitive element.

Then we watched the following video to move our conversation forward to consider cyber bullying. This video likens cyber bullying to a virus spreading and it was this image that really succeeded in elevating the pupils’ conversations.

Children really engaged with the idea of cyber bullying being like a virus and then made the connection between that image and their earlier observation that bullying required an ongoing or repetitive element. They understood that a comment on a class “Whatsapp” group or other social media page had a reach of up to 25 pupils (our class size). Assuming just one or two of those shared, the reach would be multiplied and after the first posting the author quickly looses track of the potential reach.

The pupils themselves arrived at the conclusion that:

Only one offensive or insulting remark online may be enough to constitute bullying because of the ‘virus’ nature illustrated in the video above. The comment is already visible to a larger audience and therefore it already has the repetitive or ongoing element that makes it bullying.

Sometimes, you throw a starter into a lesson and the learning comes from the pupils themselves with little or no further guidance needed.

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