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Outside of the day job, I’ve been tinkering away trying to repurpose an old project called MIST. MIST stands for Mentored Investigations into Science and Technology and the aim is twofold:

I’ve also put up a number of “cheat sheets” for those teaching science over on TES.

Version one of the site is now live, and it’d be great to get any comments or suggestions for improvement.


MIST – Educational Videos for Maths and Science

Outside the day job, I’ve been working away trying to repurpose an old project called MIST (Mentored Investigations into Science and Technology) and is essentially a set of videos and lesson ideas for maths and science at the primary level. I’ve also put up a number of “cheat sheets” for those teaching science over on TES.

Version one of the site is now live, and it’d be great to get any comments or suggestions for improvement.


TLAB Notes

Took a while to get there, what with train cancellations, but it was worth it.

Lots to think about, though various themes/books seemed to be being hammered home. Nuthall’s Hidden Lives of Learners and Berger’s Ethic of Excellence were heavily plugged.

Notes from what I saw:

Sarah-Jayne Blakemore

There’s a talk of hers below which covers some similar things

Ken Brechin, Cramlington & CPD

  • Bible seems to be Daniel Muijs’s book Effective Teaching.
  • Big questions were: “Is your CPD having an impact?” and “How do you know?”
  • Various ways of measuring impact – analysis of student data through to anecdotal evidence – but context affecting currency. Main thing is to make sure you know what you want CPD to achieve.
  • Spoke to various punters – all agreed that CPD often not great in schools. Seemed usually to be an expensive, hard to argue for OSIRIS course and then no sharing of what learnt



  • Ray Healey on Creating and Extension Culture in Maths




    Cristina Milos


    Adjective Game for English Lessons

    I’ve had a very quick stab at hacking together a simple version of a game I used to play as a child.

    Whoever is playing chooses their adjectives and then these are dropped randomly into a famous story.

    I’ve grabbed the opening to Alice in Wonderland from Project Gutenberg as a first effort. Would love to hear some other possible suggestions.

    You can download the game here.


    Seymour Papert

    Seymour Papert


    “When it comes to thinking about learning, nearly all of us have a School side of the brain, which thinks that school is the only natural way to learn, and a personal side that knows perfectly well that it’s not.”

    Seymour Papert, The Children's Machine