Monthly Archives: May 2013

Exam season

Imagine – we have been spending time in lessons and after school preparing students for their exams. Have you noticed how much easier it has been teaching them and perhaps how much more focused our lessons have been? Related? Imagine if we spent the same amount of time with and on our Year 7. Would we then be so anxious about August results?

According to US research published in ‘Psychological Science in the Public Interest’, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, Prof John Dunlovsky of Kent State University has ‘discovered’ that the most effective revision techniques are to test yourself, to plan ahead and to spread revision over a period of time. A bit late for this year.

In case you haven’t read this:
68 Revision Tips


‘Create a climate of possibility’

This is Sir Ken Robinson’s latest talk. As I listened I couldn’t stop noting the following – the importance of creating a curriculum that celebrates students’ various talents and encourages curiosity. He talks of our role to awaken and develop creative powers and reminds us that above all education is about people; easy to forget when there are so many revision strategies to implement and examination forms to complete. ‘Teachers are the lifeblood of successful schools’. I know you’re busy but if you can, watch this, or at least watch the last few minutes to hear the Death Valley comparison.


“Every child deserves a champion — an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection, and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.”