Guest Blog – A Day Out at Google HQ

This guest blog comes from Nick Hart, a Lecturer in Engineering at The Sheffield College. He and colleagues have recently made the move to Google Classroom and so we funded his trip to an event that might provide further inspiration. Turns out, it did.   Ok so thoughts on Google... Incredible, mind blowing, inspirational, endless... Continue Reading →

The right climate can allow students to blossom

First published in TES Magazine 22/09/16 Follow these tips to create the perfect ‘weather’ in your classroom and help your budding learners thrive. It’s reached that time of the year when FE educators up and down the country are filled with anticipation, and it’s not the endless form-filling that we’re looking forward to. It’s something... Continue Reading →

Getting Better at Feedback

The last few weeks have seen us progress through each of our Cornerstones of Teaching & Learning at The Sheffield College with drop-ins from the Digital and e-Learning team, links to browse via our Twitter feed and a blog each week for staff to reflect on - Week 1 - Prepare- How do you plan... Continue Reading →

Practise, Practise, Practice

In my previous two blogs (part of a series of 4), I've been confident enough about my own practice to share reflections on planning learning and engaging students without much agonising over it. I knew that week 3's blog on 'practice' would be the most challenging because I feel it's the place where so much... Continue Reading →

Engagement

Over the years, I have seen engagement take a variety of forms. When I first began teaching, I was an Associate Lecturer and was therefore handed whatever bits and pieces the College I worked in at the time couldn't get covered by other members of staff - NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) groups... Continue Reading →

How do you plan your lessons?

Whenever I ask colleagues the question, 'How do you plan your lessons?' I never get the answer I expect to get. Their immediate starting point is often to describe the comprehensive written lesson plans they might produce for an observation or Ofsted. The kind where they pull all the stops out, justify their every move... Continue Reading →

Back to School

Yesterday saw me go back to school. I had preconceived ideas about how it would feel to be back in school but none of this played out as I thought. The most overt sign that I was in a different education environment was the bell. I was not accustomed to a bell. A bell that was... Continue Reading →

Promoting British Values

Ever since I attended the development day @sheffcol on how to have conversations about Prevent and British Values with students, it occurred to me that we needed to be integrate more explicit promotion rather than hidden embedding of these values. This has resulted in a collection of ideas to start us on this journey. I'm... Continue Reading →

Revision

It's that time of the year when teachers and students alike enter a frenzied state of revision, revision, revision. With many FE courses incorporating exams for the first time (or at least the first time in a long time), I wanted to create accessible guides to revision for our staff. The guides that follow (one... Continue Reading →

What makes great teaching? A student perspective

This is a blog written by my current work experience student, Ellie Townsend. It is her first blog. Please read, share and comment! @ellietwnsnd   Relationships As a student, I think that the most important element in great teaching is a good relationship between student and teacher. First impressions are key in forming a good relationship... Continue Reading →

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