Replacement of traditional sketchbook reflective journal with reflective blogs to improve the quality and maintenance of the reflective process

Students at my organisation use the traditional sketchbook reflective journal (SBRJ). It was observed that the quality of SBRJ was poor. It was also observed that the SBRJ, in most cases, was not the true 7 representation of students’ performance. The feedback from the students showed that most of them were not happy with the process of reflection. They found the process to be time consuming and tedious.

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Effect Sizes – Using Graphic Organisers

With the continued focus of Ofsted on Teaching, Learning and Assessment, as an organisation we have been encouraged by our quality team to ensure the lessons are as participative as possible. The college have encouraged us to look at effect sizes and ensure the teaching methods we use are higher on the effect size table to support learner engagement.  I have chosen to concentrate on one methodology of teaching by using graphic organisers within my lessons.   

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Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners in the Classroom

The challenge of the teaching process with LADPP is that the classes work on drop-in bases. Students themselves choose their level. Although they are priory interviewed and advised a certain level, they sometimes choose to attend as many classes as possible regardless of the level of difficulty or just find a class according to the time convenient for them. This, together with some other further described factors, creates a mixture of students with very different abilities and requires from a teacher to be very flexible and adaptable in order to meet various learning needs.

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Can differentiated resources result in an increase of knowledge retention and improvement of skills in GCSE Mathematics re-sit students?

I often find a problem area in Mathematics is learners’ remembering, understanding and replicating of all the appropriate steps in a multistep question. Recently, I have been introducing differentiated learning worksheets into my lessons, with traffic light colour coding. In this action research project, I have attempted to answer the question “Can differentiated resources result in an increase of knowledge retention and improvement of skills in GCSE Mathematics re-sit students?”.

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Within Outdoor and Adventurous activities, is risk perception a barrier to participation and how can we overcome this to encourage participation as a fundamental part of curriculum?

Faced with teachers who see the risk factor of participation too high and not worth the experience relating to the bigger picture of study, it has seemed that a ‘not on my watch’ attitude has been generated. Students on the other hand are predominantly the ones whose perception of risk is lower and their fear factor isn’t as great.

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Using assignments instead of final exams: a case for assessing learning in prisons

The majority of my learners have learnt the relevant skills required for them to use the tools of a particular Office product, however, some are finding it difficult to pass exams due to: set time pressures, reminders of bad school experiences, and a reliance on good memory.  

From a teaching perspective, going assignment based would make my life easier as I would have more time to spend teaching learners rather than constantly marking exams or checking IPU’s not just for ICT content, but for grammar and spelling.

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Is it best to have a native BSL user and a hearing high level BSL user with experience in interpreting or communication support work ‘team teaching’ to improve BSL teaching practice?

British Sign Language is the language of the Deaf and belongs to the Deaf community. Therefore when it comes to teaching the language it is only right that a native BSL user should be the tutor. This would give the best approach both in teaching not only the language but the culture and deaf awareness as well.

This creates unique problems in teaching the language, particularly for beginners who really struggle if the tutor only uses BSL. It can also be difficult for the tutor in that they may struggle to understand the learners, a lot of Deaf BSL users cannot lip read and have low English skills. A hearing tutor, although they may have good qualifications in BSL they will not have the background in Deaf culture and will undoubtedly speak more than sign which will hinder the learners progress.  Rather than choosing between the two, I would like to research whether it is best to have a native BSL user and a hearing high level BSL user with experience in interpreting or communication support work ‘team teaching’

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What are student perceptions of my marking and feedback practice of summative assessment?

What are student perceptions of my marking and feedback practice of summative assessment? Are they only interested in the headline news – ‘did I pass?’ Or do they read and reflect in greater detail? If they have passed or achieved the merit or distinction they were hoping for, do they bother reading the rest of the annotations and feedback? In terms of development, do they prefer brief abbreviations or longer comments?

Questions that might arise include: Does my marking serve a deeper purpose for students beyond getting a grade? Do I need to find ways to encourage greater engagement of students with my marking? Will I need to make fundamental practice changes to do this?

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How do I overcome fear / reluctance in students learning first aid?

The most popular course is the 3 day First Aid at Work (FAW) course. This is a mixture of theory and practice, but it's mostly a practical course and, for it to flow and for the students to get the full benefit of the course, its needs full student participation, which needs the student to want to be there. A growing problem that I and fellow teachers have noticed, is a lack of engagement from the student into the course.

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How can I encourage greater participation of learners in maths activities whilst teaching vocational subjects?

This research therefore is intended to develop strategies to engage students on this study programme to increase their confidence to learn maths by effectively embedding maths activities into the teaching of the vocational subject.  It is also intended to measure the impact of this work on their overall attitude to learning maths as a broader subject and whether it is possible to move the students away from having a fixed mind-set in relation to this subject area. 

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The Effective Use of Student Feedback in Curriculum and Programme Planning

I reviewed at least seventy five per cent of the feedback forms, from programmes that were delivered with mixed groups of learners.....to realise that we as a group of teaching professionals we are inviting students to comment on the programmes that we deliver, but we seem not to incorporate into our practises; which shows that I have not been reflective enough in my practise as I had thought.    

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Can the development of a coaching and mentoring culture enhance the learning experiences of military instructors and students?

The methods for the delivery of training and assessment within the army have for many years been outdated. But now influenced with the introduction of external and civilian led initiatives and programmes it has started to gain credibility in its approach. Recent studies have been conducted and.....

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