Teachmeet Ideas in Science

Three Cheers for Teachmeet- Here are  the ideas we’re using in Science

I’m using MB’s superb questionnaire.

Question Tokens-Alexia and me

We’ve not yet reached Fran’s paperless classroom-

AFL-baskets-all of us.


Happy Holidays


What a brilliant TeachMeet!

The best TeachMeet so far featured:

  1. miffy-bean-rattle-blue_sp10524_1A mad raffle – and Saba won her moose!
  2. The fruit machine name picker.
  3. Pose Pause Pounce Bounce – Questioning strategy shared by Ruth.
  4. QR code marking samples for digital work – a great (and environmental) approach to work scrutiny shared by Fran.
  5. Question Tokens – sick of the endless ‘Ma’am! Ma’am’ or ‘Sir! Sir!’?  – try this questioning approach shared by Shabana!
  6. e-Marking, Green Pen Matters friendly assessment stickers (for those with terrible handwriting) – shared by Leigh (care of Danny).
  7. Anagram makers on your SmartNotebook software –  shared by Queen of the SmartBoard and winner of our Twitter prize, Leigh.
  8. Getting pupils to read instructions – a 3 minute approach to teach kids a valuable lesson shared by Mary B.
  9. Plenary team relays – a competitive, interactive and very fun plenary idea shared by Alexia (and beware Leanne when taking part in anything remotely competitive.  She is fierce!).
  10. Using Padlet for peer-assessment – a free and very marvellous website that has many different applications in classrooms (particularly those with iPads) shared by me!
  11. Using film to engage learners and teach very tricky concepts in Science – Saba making scary physics concepts far less scary!  Did you know that Iron Man would actually rust if his suit was made of iron?!
  12. Miffy being hurled across the room at Mary and Saba.
  13. A-Ha

Don’t miss next month’s TeachMeet! If you’ve been lurking for the last few gatherings maybe it is time to present…?

This is a very pertinent post for those reflecting on their Departmental review. Open and honest frustrations from a head teacher about being an observee not an observer.


I have been a teacher of Economics for six months, a Headteacher for 9 years and, at the age of 48, this much I know about having my lesson graded Good when I felt it was Outstanding!

Above all else Headteachers have to be able to teach,really well. It was my Performance Development lesson observation yesterday. We call it Performance Development rather than Management, and certainly would never use Appraisal. If you spend an hour observing a colleague teach and then 30 minutes giving feedback it has to be a developmental experience or it doesn’t benefit the individual or the school.

SLT have to teach what’s required when the Curriculum and Staffing Plans are being drawn up, within reason. My CSE grade 1 German hardly qualifies me to teach MFL, but my Economics and Mathematics A levels are a solid foundation for me to teach…

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Learning Blog Bonanza

It is so exciting to see QR codes and Learning Blogs galore at Wexham!  That is the power of TeachMeet!

Here is the link to my English learning blog.  I am using it lots at the moment to keep my Year 11s on track.  They all seem to be absent for a myriad of reasons so this way they can access the lessons from home.

I have used both EduCreations and Explain Everything (ipad Apps) to create the presentations embedded on the blog.

Another tip: you can export your Smart Notebook presentations as PDFs and then they are postable on blogs.

Finally, if you want all of this to be possible, you will need Dropbox or GoogleDrive.  These ‘clouds’ allow you to create hyperlinks to documents, videos, any files that the kids might need to FLIP their learning and get working at home.

Come to TeachMeet if you want a demo!

Happy weekend!  And thanks for all of the lovely smiles and congrats this week.  Feeling part of a very special team at Wexham at the moment.

Steph ox