1 What is #Blogsync?
Coherent Sharing of Ideas
With the explosion of teacher blogging there is a brilliant opportunity for us to synchronise our writing (at times) in order to provide a wider, deeper and more diverse canvassing of the important topics in Education. Think of this as the slow version of twitter or ukedchat.
Homegrown, Real-World Thinking
The participants in this scheme are doing so of their own volition and represent all walks of the educational professions – from the classroom teacher to the high policy-maker and everyone in between.
Whether you are here simply to follow and read the monthly #blogsync or whether you are interested in contributing, be aware that this is a voluntary collective action. No one person controls it or determines its agenda. It’s simply a point of coalescence for a group of educators who are passionate about getting on with the job in the best ways possible.
2 How it works
Every month a topic is decided
Bloggers “sign up” to write on this topic by the deadline
Everyone blogging as part of that month’s #blogsync advertises the links to each others entries
This site acts as a co-ordinating hub, advertising the topics and the blogs written under each month’s heading.
For more information, check out the help pages
#blogsync 10: “Dear Mr Tristram Hunt”
- David Ellis: Dear Tristram.
- Amy Keenan: Dear Mr Tristram Hunt, These are my thoughts about teaching.
- Jude Enright: How every school should be.
- Nancy: An Open Letter to Mr Tristram Hunt, Shadow Education Secretary.
- Michael Tidd: Dear Mr Hunt.
- cherrylkd: A letter to Tristram Hunt MP.
- Sue Cowley: Have a Little Faith.
- Dawn Cox: The Purpose of Schools.
- Chris Chivers: Dear Mr Hunt (an inclusion perspective).
- Secret Teacher: An Open Letter to Tristram Hunt…
#blogsync 9: “The Role of Families”
- @Cherryl-kd: The Role of Family in Young People’s Education
- Miss D Cox: The power of talking with parents – some ideas & anecdotes for new teachers
- Sue Cowley: We are Family
- Things Behind the Sun: Clarifying roles and responsibilities
- Tom Sherrington: Parent Power, Partnership and Pushiness
- Jude Enright: What is the role of the family in your people’s education?
- Andy Lewis: What is the role of the family in young people’s education? (RC Focus)
- Chris Chivers: Parents and Schools and What do parents want from schools?
#blogsync 8: “Marking with Impact”
- @Cherryl-kd: To Mark or Not to Mark
- Sue Cowley: “The Editors” – there are many kinds of edit.
- Chris Chivers: Marking: Continuing the Dialogue
- Sarah Findlater: Marking for the Masses and Feedback for the Future
- Shaun Allison: Marking: Minimum Effort for Maximum Pleasure
- James Gurung: Using end-of-term tests to move learning forward
- @just_maths: Maths Plasters
- Tom Sherrington: Formative use of Summative Tests
- Andy Lewis: Collaborative Marking with Impact
- Paul Raymond Collins: A festival of acronyms: WWW, EBI and INT
- David Didau: Marking is an act of love
- Mary Myatt: Should I be marking every piece of work?
- Chris Curtis: This Marking is Killing Me
- Michael Tidd: Effective marking: a primary slant
- Stretch potential: Marking: Encouraging and evidencing dialogue
- Tom Riley: Improving feedback in a 1:1 environment
- Alex Quigley: Make your ‘marking policy’ a ‘feedback policy’, and Dirty Work
- @redorgreenpen: Does DIRT work in maths?
- Joe Kirby: What if you marked every book, every lesson?
- Helen Lochead: Manageable and meaningful marking
- Chris Waugh: Give the feedback before the race is run
- David Fawcett: Understanding why feedback doesn’t stick and Using methods to make feedback stick
- Laura McInerny: The Quick, The Weird, and The Thorough: How I Mark Student Work
#blogsync 7: “The Purpose of Education”
- @Cherryl-kd: The Purpose of Education? – different things to different people
- Sue Cowley: Doors Open
- Andy Day The Purpose of Education? -Not so much filling up empty vessels, as empty chairs
- Jude Enright: What is the Purpose of Education? – A Trip to Cambridge
- Michael Tidd: The purpose of Education? – Broadening Horizons
- Chris Chivers: Making sense of the world around you
- Tim Taylor: Trivium: the answer to the purpose of education?
- PedagogintheMachine: The Purpose of Education? Ask Malala Yousafzai
- Debbie and Mel: Two thoughtful contributions to the discussion on the purpose of education
- Janet Colledge: The Purpose of Education? – To build confidence & ambition, & to aid social mobility
- Chris Hildrew: The Purpose of Education? Individuality, Community, Love of Learning
- Andrew Cowley: The Purpose of Education? Making a Difference
- Harry Fletcher-Wood: The Purpose of Education? All students will be wise, empowered and intellectually-able citizens.
- The Numpty Teacher: The Purpose of Education? Education has a redemptive quality that never abandons a child and always welcomes them back
- Mishmashlearning: The Purpose of Education: Learning in all its shades
- Cav: An education to change the world
- Specialsciteach: The Purpose of Education? Doors Open – Eyes Open
- Franscesca: The Purpose of Education? Education can set you free!
#blogsync 6: “An example of a great classroom explanation.”
- The piece that inspired this months blogsync: Alex Quigley: Explanations: Top Ten Teaching Tips
- John Tomsett: This much I know about…a great classroom explanation of genre theory
- @Gwenelope: It ain’t what you do, it’s the way that you do it
- Chris Waugh: A very old-fashioned explanation
- Jude Enright: We don’t just talk, we listen as well
- Debbie and Mel @TeacherTweaks: Science: The Art of Explanation
- Gordon Baillie: Baby Bird: Of Mice and Men and Empathy
- Cav: A simile made from bonding, ionic and covalent and human relationships
- Francesca: Explaining Myself – a personal account of explaining cancer to students
- David Didau: The Teaching Cycle, Stage One: Explaining
- Laura McInerney: My Best Classroom Explanations (otherwise titled, “What is an explanation?”)
- Chris Curtis: Pinging the Elastic Band of Tension
- @Cherrylkd: Lord of the Flies for SEN (and the unfortunate mutilation of a doll by a teacher)
- Andy Knill: One Explanation to Rule them All: SOLO
#blogsync 5: “What would do most to improve the status of the teaching profession?”
- Joe Kirby: How could teaching become the foremost career in England?
- Michael Tidd: What do we mean when we talk about raising the status of the profession?
- James McEnaney: Do we need to raise the status of teaching? A view from Scotland
- @CherryLKD: So we’re off to a good beginning…
- Chris Curtis: Why I idolise Henry VIII
- Laura McInerney: Part of the solution: high quality and continuous learning
- Mark Robinson: The profession should influence policy
- Chris Hildrew: School leaders hold the key to raising the status of the teaching profession
- Gordon Baillie: “…the best teachers are those that really want to do it.”
- Steven Mouldey: Undertake rigorous inquiry into our work and make stronger links with our communities
- @Specialsciteach: CSciTeach by the ASE as a method to raise the status of science teaching in the UK
- Cav: Keep Up the Hard Work
- Debra Kidd: Dignity and Teacher Status
- Wonderacademy: Seven Deadly Things: How we get Respect for Teachers
#blogsync 4: “Progress in my classroom? How it is made and how I know it.”
- E Tomazde Vasconcelos: “It’s when they know more on the way out than they did on the way in.”
- Mark Anderson: Progress measured by students via “Socrative”
- Cherrylkd: Making Progress in my Classroom and How I Show it.
- Rachel Jones: Progress in Sociology via SOLO
- Singsunshine: Progress, Fun and Phonemes
- Chris Curtis: Progress – It’s all about STEPS
- @cparkie: Progress – The diagnostic and summative testing cycle in Mathematics
- Tim Eaglestone: Progress – looking towards the end of “Levels” as descriptors.
- Tim Shelton: Learning Logs – Showing sustained and rapid progress
- Jude Enright: Smashing the glass ceiling
- Paul Raymond Collins: Progress in three Maths classes on three levels
- Michael Tidd: “Education is what is left after all that has been learnt is forgotten.“
- Laura McInerney: My best tip for ensuring you and your students know they have learned all the essential facts on a topic
- @specialsciteach: Progress for BESD students
- Tavia Allan: Progress is more than what is described in the markbook
- Tessa Matthews: How to determine progress in the acquisition of knowledge in a skills-focussed system
- Gordon Baillie: It’s about the relationships, stupid!
- John Tomsett: This much I know about…”Progress in my classroom? How it is made and how I know it.”
- Chris Hildrew: Progress: Knowledge, Skills and Development
- Tom Sherrington: Journeys and The Learning Arc
- Tim Taylor: Tolerance for ambiguity – The difference between complex and complicated.
- Debra Kidd: Progress? It’s more complicated than they’d have you believe!
- James McEnaney: Progress in my classroom? It’s invisible.
- Anna Palmer: Walking in their shoes – How progress is made in my classroom.
- Cav: Progress, ’til there’s nothing left to gain.
- Ross McGill: Share: Tool for demonstrating Rapid Progress
- Clare Fenwick: Lift your head above the parapet
- Joe Kirby: How do I know – and show – whether my students are making progress?
#blogsync 3: “Wasted investment? Why do so many teachers leave the profession in the first 5 years?”
- Cherrylkd: Why do so many teachers leave the profession?
- James McEnaney: Why do so many teachers leave the profession?
- Jude Enright: Does partnership offer the inspiration needed in schools?
- Tom Sherrington: Are people tired of working in the plantation?
- Anonymous: Why I left teaching.
- Ben Preston: How can the issue of ‘disillusionment’ be addressed?
- Michael Tidd: What might make teachers stay?
- Anna Palmer: Why we leave the profession in the first 5 years
- Lynne Moore (Superstylynne): “Buffeted by the weather“
- Shouldibeateacher: “I ask myself what I would rather do“
- Pete Jones: “The stifling accountability bus“
- Gwenelope: A Crisis of Faith?
- Chris Curtis: A candle in the darkness or a forklift in the library?
- Kenny Pieper: The Nigel Hawthorne Effect
- Andy Knill: Teaching completes me
- Beth Kemp: It’s harder than people realise
- Paul Raymond Collins: I’m still here. Will I be in another 3 years?
- Specialsciteach: Teachers need to feel trusted
- Ben Preston: How can disillusionment be addressed?
- Clare Fenwick: “In my experience it is the quiet unassuming schools that often achieve a culture of hard work and respect for others“
- Chris Hildrew: “I have never considered leaving the profession“
- Charlotte: What would help? More time, more support and more freedom
- cavmaths: The problem? “the way people enter the profession“
- Mr Milne: Labels and Leavers
- Andrew Cowley: Why so many?
- The New Teacher: An NQT’s Perspective
- Singsunshine: There are easier ways to make a living… and still have a life.
- Thatch: I want to make a difference
- Joe Kirby: Why isn’t our education system working?
#blogsync 2: “A Teaching and Learning strategy intended to elicit the highest levels of student motivation in my subject”
- Alex Quigley: Motivating Students using “Gallery Critique”
- Chris Curtis: Move over Howard Gardner and your ‘Multiple Intelligences’, here comes Curtis’ ‘Many Perspectives’
- Simon Warburton: Teaching and Learning strategy to elicit motivation
- Paul Collins: Assessing and building on students’ prior knowledge
- Myfanwy (@Gwenolope): Motivating Pupils and Me
- Cherrylkd: How I motivate pupils through fun and laughter
- Kenny Pieper: Marking is Feedback is Differentiation is Planning
- Chris Hildrew: “Thinking aloud” and teaching the writing process
- MrMathsTeacher: Collaborative learning in mathematics
- Tom Sherrington: Awe
- Chris Healey: Blogs for celebration, extension, revision and JPD
- Charlotte: Using crafts to stimulate analysis
- BishopErasmus: No Hands Up
- Kevin Cunningham: Strategies to help all learners think Mathematically
- icpjones: Motivating Students in the Languages classroom: Language is Music
- Christopher Waugh: 4 Successful Homework Strategies
#blogsync 1: “The Universal Panacea? The number one shift in UK education I wish to see in my lifetime”
- Chris Hilldrew: The Universal Panacea? The number one shift in UK education I wish to see in my lifetime
- @learningspy: The number one shift in UK education I wish to see in my lifetime?
- Mr Milne: Turning Fear into Exhilaration
- @Cherrylkd: The Universal Panacea? The number one shift in UK education I wish to see in my lifetime
- Gossamer Benyon: A Letter to Mr Gove – The number one shift in UK Education I wish to see in my lifetime
- Chris Curtis: Les Misérables
- Gordon Baillie: The Universal Panacea? What are schools for?
- Jennifer Webb: Shake the Dust
- @srcav: The Universal Panacea? The number one shift in UK education I wish to see in my lifetime
- Nick Hart: I did what I knew. And when I knew better, I did better.
- Mark Miller: Team Teaching
- Clare Fenwick: The Universal Panacea?
- Tom Sherrington: A New Currency of Educational Discourse
- Alex Quigley: Universal Panacea: Revaluing Education
- Simon Warburton: The Universal Panacea? The number one shift in UK education I wish to see in my lifetime
- Richie Dunk: The Universal Panacea? Trust
- Michael Tidd: A universal panacea? Not quite! The Primary – Secondary divide.
- James McEnaney: The Universal Panacea? The number one shift in UK education I wish to see in my lifetime
- Tony Ryan: Bridging the Chasm
- John Tomsett: This much I know about…the number one shift in UK education I wish to see in my lifetime
- Kenny Pieper: The Universal Panacea? The number one shift in UK education I wish to see in my lifetime: Step up.
- @TeacherToolkit: The Universal Panacea? CPD
- BishopErasmus: The Universal Panacea? The number one shift in UK education I wish to see in my lifetime
- Pete Jones: Living up to your vision statement. The Universal Panacea.
- Bansi Kara: A Universal Panacea? The Empathy-Led Curriculum
- Piers Young: The Universal Panacea › “Cultivate”
- Joe Kirby: Evidence-based Teacher Training
- Russell Hall: What dreams are made of
- Eugene Spiers: The Universal Panacea: Get rid of the politicians
- Jude Enright: The Dao of Education
- Andrew Cowley: Remove Politicians from Education
- Iesha Small: The Universal Panacea? The number one shift in UK education I wish to see in my lifetime
- Wonderacademy: Destroying the Death Star
- Tim Taylor: Let’s Imagine
- Isabelle Jones: The Universal Panacea? Trusted to improve
- Paul Raymond Collins: The Universal Panacea – Time
- Chris Waugh: Grant More Freedom.
4Sign Up: January #blogsync
Blogsync and its contributors have frequently come to the attention of our politicians. As we’re committed to providing a platform for dialogue, we have invited Tristram Hunt, Labour Shadow Secretary of State for Education to read a set of contributions and make a contribution to this month’s #blogsync himself. Start your blogging engines, ladies and gentlemen, here’s an opportunity to influence our elected representatives directly.
This #blogsync is organised in conjunction with Labourteachers. Please indicate if you don’t want links to your letter also to appear on their site.
5Propose: Topic for future #blogsyncs
If this month’s topic is not for you, but you’re burning to collaborate with your esteemed colleagues in the blogosphere, offer your topic for selection here.
- January 2013: A Universal Panacea? The one change I wish to see in UK education in my lifetime
- Feburary 2013: A Teaching and Learning strategy intended to elicit the highest levels of student motivation in my subject
- March 2013: Wasted investment? Why do so many teachers leave the profession in the first 5 years?
- April 2013: Progress in my classroom? How it is made and how I know it.
- May 2013: What would do most to improve the status of the teaching profession?
- June 2013: An example of a great classroom explanation.
- September 2013: What is the purpose of education?
- October 2013: Marking with impact
- November 2013: The Role of the Family
7 Connect with other #blogsync contributors
Follow all the #blogsync contributors on twitter: https://twitter.com/Edutronic_Net/blogsync