Category: Blog

Metacognition – what, why (…and how)

16 December 2017

it’s the kind of thing that we probably do (and have done) for a long time, which is why we’ve all been successful in things like exams. When we study, we think about why we did what we did; we consider what went wrong when we’re not pleased with an outcome; we reflect on experiences, and decide which strategies were helpful (and which were unhelpful). We decide for ourselves what we’ll do again next time, what we’ll do better next time, and what we’ll abandon. […]

Author: Niki Kaiser
Posted on: 16 December 2017
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November round-up (Science and Bananarama…)

09:00 on 5 February 2018–15:00 on 9 March 2018

I want people to look at what’s going on in East Anglia and say “we want to do what they’re doing!”
Stuart Kime spoke at our Information Evening last week about the sense of excitment that’s building in “the East” about how we can work together and use Research to improve practice and outcomes here. He also spoke about Bananrama… but that’s another story.
November has been another busy, positive and encouraging month. You can read our newsletter (and subscribe to it here) but this post outlines some personal reflections on the past month. […]

Author: Niki Kaiser
Posted on: 9 December 2017
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Threshold Concepts (and troublesome knowledge)

4 December 2017

I have been interested in Threshold Concepts, and how they might help me support students to understand Chemistry, for a while now. I’ve read and blogged about them, used research literature to inform my teaching, and analysed student answers to try and identify them. Threshold Concepts fascinate me, because they conjure up those satisfying “lightbulb moments”, when a whole host of ideas that you’d been struggling to understand suddenly fall into place.
So when I found out that Stuart Kime had interviewed Ray Land , I was rather excited (to say the least!). I’ve summarised here some of the points that he made. […]

Author: Niki Kaiser
Posted on: 4 December 2017
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Reading for Pleasure- a letter to my class

26 November 2017

You’re readers because you remind me every single time when I forget about you sharing our Poem of the Day. You’re readers because you work brilliantly together to tidy up before story time, which means that you can squeeze every last minute out of it. You’re readers because you all get excited whenever a new book arrives in the classroom. You’re readers because you work so hard to keep the school library up and running. You’re readers because you love talking about your favourite books at every possible opportunity. You’re readers because you want to share the books you enjoy with children lower down the school. […]

Author: Jon Biddle
Posted on: 26 November 2017
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October round-up: Spirit of collaboration

10 November 2017

One of the most exciting aspects of becoming a Research School, and being part of the Research Schools Network, is the opportunity it brings to work closely with others and collaborate. Our ultimate aim is to help improve outcomes for young people in Norwich (and Norfolk), but we can’t do this on our own! However, we have an great chance to work alongside others to help and support people around us. […]

Author: Niki Kaiser
Posted on: 10 November 2017
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Norwich Research Leads Network #NorRel

16:00–18:00 on 5 February 2018

The Research Leads Network is an informal peer support network to share ideas and practice among like-minded educators who are interested in using research to inform their teaching, and teaching in their schools. On a practical level, this is what we do:
1. Monthly meetings, open to anyone interested in that month’s topic and/or speaker. You don’t have to be a member of the Network to attend (so you can bring a colleague if you like)
2. Research Lead training with Stuart Kime from Evidence Based Education (21 March). We would particularly recommend this for Research Leads working on Evidence-Based Practice Fund projects, as evaluation is Stuart’s area of expertise and so important to funded projects
3. Networking, both formal and informal, and direct contact with experts in their fields who are working with Norwich Research School to share best practice and translate it into the classroom. […]

Posted on: 9 November 2017
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Research Leads Network round-up (2) – Homework, Maths and more…

3 November 2017

A few links from this week in one place.

Firstly, Madeleine asked if anyone had any links and pointers about Homework, and we had some really helpful ideas from a range of people. Links below: […]

Author: Niki Kaiser
Posted on: 3 November 2017
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Research Leads Network (Round-up from the first week)

29 October 2017

This is a copy of the email sent out to members of the Research Leads Network. This is an informal peer-support network, formed to facilitate the sharing of ideas and advice for those who are interested in the use of research to inform school decisions and practice. It’s a peer-driven network, although some members may be considered “experts” in their field. You can sign up to the network here. […]

Posted on: 29 October 2017
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“What does this look like in the classroom?” by Carl Hendrick and Robin MacPherson (a book review)

27 October 2017

I’ve had the book for a week now, and have read it twice already. This is one of the book’s key strengths – it is incredibly accessible and provides insights for teachers no matter their ‘research literacy.’ For those brand new to research the book introduces some key issues that all teachers should be aware of, such as the impact of cognitive science on how children learn, and how to use research on assessment and marking to lower work load. For those more familiar with some key areas of research, the book expands on these areas further as well as introducing some new areas to be aware of. Personally I feel relatively research literate and yet still found the book incredibly insightful. […]

Posted on: 27 October 2017
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Journey towards effective CPD

25 October 2017

When I read frustrated comments on Twitter from teachers bemoaning the behaviour of school leaders, I cringe. I’m quite new to being a school leader, and mistakes are inevitable, whilst also likely to be very ‘impactful’ (love that phrase – NOT) in a negative sense. This blog provides an example of a mistake I made two years ago, and how I’m working to fix it. Why not play a round of bull**** bingo whilst you read it over a cup of coffee. […]

Author: Roger Higgins
Posted on: 25 October 2017
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