# Grid Lock Questioning Grids

Questioning Grids are an idea I've seen used by a teacher within my old school. Its an Idea I liked very much as it brought together grid reading, probability and if a teacher really wanted to talk about it sample space diagrams. The idea is a student rolls two dice then answers the question on the grid. I also saw the said teacher using this methods with subject specialist key words and the student had to try and fit the word into an appropriate sentence. The grid looks like this.

## The Five W's of Social Media and Blogging

I was asked at short notice to present at NAMA 2015 conference on the 7th March on the importance of social media and blogging. With just over a week to turn the presentation around, it was ironic that I turned to some of my key twitter followers to ask for advice. After speaking with @ICTEvangelist in depth and @TeamTait I felt confident on how to start, thank you for your help and support gentlemen.

## Take Away the Barriers

Every child does matter not just every grade.

Pupil Premium, bridging the gap, closing the gap, whatever you want to call it, is a matter at the heart of most primary and secondary schools across England. Everyone is looking for the ‘magic cure, if you do x, y and z the gap will close and your results will increase tenfold. Unfortunately there is no such thing out there and it is not a one size fits all solution in terms of schools and students who are classed under the pupil premium category. So, it then makes sense that there isn't a blanket ‘cure’ to close the gap.

## Interactive Seating Plan

The Interactive Seating Plan is something I created within my NQT year and will certainly give you the wow effect in observations. It colour coordinates pupils progress in relation to a pupils assessment points throughout the year and their individual target. It's quick and simple to fill out and only takes 5 minutes to complete. All you need to do is copy the data from a sims or serco spreadsheet, into the data sheet for the seating plan. Then it's as simple as putting a number in a box, namely the pupils number, on the seat you want them in and excel does the typing for you.

So why use it:

• Easy to use referral tool in observation feedback sessions
• It looks professional
• It clearly shows progress
• It is easy to identify students who need intervention
• Allows you to identify your target students (fsm, pupil premium, G&T and SEN)
• It shows all necessary data, for inspection and observations (FSM, PP, KS2 grades, KS3 grades, MEG and even a box for SEND and G&T info)
• It's quick and simple to create
• Moving a students seat is as easy as typing a 1-2 digit number.

Miss B

### Guide to Making the Seating plan work

##### NEW - GCSE (1-9) TRACKS AP GRADES

Track progress using students Assessment Point Grades/Levels. Grades Range from N, B, , 1c, 1b, 1a, 2c, ... ..., 8a, 9c, 9b, 9a

MEG (Minimum expected grade) has now changed to predicted.

##### NEW - GCSE (1-9) TRACKS AP GRADES

Track progress using students Assessment Point Grades/Levels. Grades Range from N, B, 0, 1-, 1, 1+, 2-, ... ..., 8+, 9-, 9, 9+

MEG (Minimum expected grade) has now changed to predicted. SEND and EAL indicators have been added.

##### NEW - GCSE (1-9) TRACKS AP GRADES

Track progress using students Assessment Point Grades/Levels. Grades Range from N, B, 0, 1, 1.25, 1.75, 2, ... ..., 8.75, 9, 9.25, 9.75

MEG (Minimum expected grade) has now changed to predicted. SEND and EAL indicators have been added.

##### Original - Tracks AP grades

Track progress using students Assessment Point Grades/Levels. Grades Range from U, G-, G, G+, F-, ... ..., A+, A*-, A*, A*+ and levels range from N, B, 1c, 1b, 1a, 2c, ... ..., 8b, 8a

LOP - Levels of progress

##### New - Tracks BT, OT & AT

After a request, I've made this new version to track below target (BT), on target (OT) and above target (AT) within the assessment point boxes instead of grades or levels.

## Maths Mastery - #CelebrationofMaths

After the twitter maths teachers, told me last week about #CelebrationofMaths, I signed up late. I have to say I am so glad that I did. I met with the exam board’s @AQAMaths and @OCRMaths to talk about the new exams, resources and specimen papers.  Unfortunately Edexcel didn’t attend the event. It was great to meet the @AQAMaths team in person after recently writing an article for them on why I give all my resources away, BetterMaths.org.uk.

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Co Founder of pobble.com

“Makes Maths interesting, relevant and accessible.”

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Olympic torch bearer, deputy head teacher and international speaker.
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