A teacher since 1987, Tom Sherrington is currently headteacher at King Edward VI Grammar School in Chelmsford in Essex, UK. He writes a blog called headguruteacher.
He believes teachers need to focus on extraordinary, one-off lessons, but on things that we do every day and supports this with two related ideas:
- It is the spirit of an idea that is important, not the letter. It isn’t about sticking to the rules. When good practice is embedded it is organic and doesn’t feel like a stuck-on activity plucked from a toolkit.
- In improving as teachers, we are not collecting tools, we [are] seeking to change our habits… the things we do automatically every day.
Sherrington is currently producing a series of short posts called Great Lessons that focus on aspects of routine practice "– because lessons can be routinely outstanding."
They can be read here: