Ellie Overland

Ellie Overland

I'm a Senior Lecturer in Education and have been teaching more years than I care to remember!
I love all things in education technology and trying to predict how teaching will develop in the future.

Location Manchester, UK


  • Asking questions is definitely important - sometimes colleagues can forget and use acronyms or terminology you have never heard before!

  • Welcome to everyone joining us this week on the course. Please introduce yourself

  • Applying scores to mutiple choice questions can be quite a useful way to do some straightforward analysis although it can be viwed as quite simplistic. A standard research methods textbook will provide more information on approaches to using multiple choice questions and subsequent analysis.

  • Are you planning to interview all the students or a sample?

  • Is this to focus on transition between KS2 and KS3 or different age groups?

  • Transition is going to be a real challenge. Will you want to do some assessment first and then focus on IT skills?
    It may be that IT skills are better than in usual years after all the online learning?

  • Is there a particular section of the K-12 curriculum you would like to focus on?

  • This is a really important research project. For the scope of this course you may want to focus on a small section of the 2 year curriculum to keep it manageable.

  • This is really clear Claudia and it is evident you already have a hypothesis that will act as a suitable starting point for your final research plan.

  • @AllenTsui I remember our conversation! I hope you are well and you find this course useful for your ongoing work

  • As the week goes on I think more people will join this group and join the conversation with Janine. Potentially it is quite broad so please outline what you are thinking about your curriculum planning.

  • It is good to be a trailblazer in research! Once you have some plans as to what form your research will take, it will be worth having the conversation in school as to what you would like to do and what ethical considerations you need to make.
    There will be exmples of research policies online and you may be able to adapt one for your own setting from another...

  • Parental permission may be required but it may already be covered under a pre-existing home-school agreement. It is certainly something to check.

  • I like your thinking here - it will be interesting to perhaps consider this again in week 2 when you explore some of the more specific research tools and plans.

  • A literature review can take a long time but it will be useful to find a small number of key papers to keep it manageable and provide a basis to allow you to move to the next stages of your research.

  • You are right - finding the appropriate questions to ask is a challenge. Reading research others have already carried out can be a useful starting point. It can also be useful to test your questions on a small scale to start with.

  • This sounds like an interesting project to research. Potentially it could be quite broad, do you have a specific focus in mind?

  • This is an interesting question - how do we know, and most importantly what we then do with the information? Do you ave any ideas for AFL you would like to explore?

  • Do you have a focus for your communication in mind? Is it linked to assessment and feedback?

  • Yes. Although sometimes it doesn't lead to solutions - you may just discover more questions!
    It is important to be open to ideas that your research may not always find suitable new practices.

  • It is great you ave already engaged in some research and have ideas for continuing yur journey. I think there is great scope for exploring creativity in computing classrooms.

  • You have developed some great ideas here for creating a positive classroom.

  • You should have a range of placements during your training and you will work with many different teachers so hopefully you will find a style that will suit you.

  • It is great to hear so many examples of classroom practice and the wide range of approaches. Lots of you have identified an engaging start is a real positive. What are some of the best starts to lessons you have seen?

  • Time can be a difficult aspect to predict in a lesson - do you think it's more difficult to manage time in an online lesson than in the 'real classroom'?

  • Creating groups can be a real challenge in the classroom. What different ways could teachers structure groups or encourage collaboration?

  • What sort of activities would you have prepared for those particular children?

  • Routine and structure can be a really important aspect of lessons and is often taken for granted.

  • Welcome Rozz - I hope you find the course useful to share with your own trainee teachers.

  • Don't worry at all - we have had trainee teachers much older and they have been great. Your prior experience will prove invaluable in the classroom.

  • Try not to be scared Rosie - TAs have the best classroom experience to move forward into teaching

  • Welcome Corina - I think you will find week 2 really useful

  • TEFL - Teaching English as a Foreign Language

  • There are already a few different acronyms appearing that you might not be familiar with:
    PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate in Education - a one year course taken after an undergraduate degree to qualify as a teacher
    SCITT - School Centred Initial Teacher Training - a post graduate course to qualify as a teacher, primarily based in school
    BA in Education -...

  • Hi Everyone
    Welcome to the course - it is interesting to hear your different motivations for starting the course and I am delighted so many people are interested in teaching. It really is the most rewarding profession :)
    We are looking forward to working with you all
    Best Wishes

  • Hi Delicia - a PGCE is a Postgraduate Certificate in Education. In the UK it is a one year course that can be taken after a degree to qualify as a teacher.

  • Welcome to all those joining the course. It is great to have such a range of experiences and countries represented and this will make the discussions really interesting.
    I am here to support you throughout the next weeks and I am looking forward to working with you all.

  • This is an interesting response to the quiz. Obviously it is difficult to reduce the complexities of lesson observation to a multiple choice activity so there is some level of generalisation.
    I am interested in your use of the term 'blind eye' - this does still suggest that you feel some sense that you are observing a lesson in order to make judgments. At...

  • I totally agree with many of your comments Elliott. In addition to funding issues I think there is a certain level of fear in schools, not only in staff confidence in using technology but also in keeping children safe. By not engaging with technology in education in some ways we could be in danger of making the online world more unsafe as we are not modelling...

  • Thank you Paul and Becki - you have pulled out some key features here. The countdown is a useful technique - we often talk about trainee teachers developing a 'tool box' of strategies they can use to manage their lessons. Has anyone seen other techniques they think would be useful?

  • It is interesting thinking about different behaviour issues with different ages of children. At what age do we think behavior changes most? Does it ever improve?

  • Definitely staying calm is important. An emotional response is rarely productive and this is when teachers can start to feel stressed.

  • This is an interesting question - do we learn from people we don't like. I can certainly think of some teachers who I disliked but not sure how it impacted my learning. Do other people have views on this?

  • This is a really interesting approach to take in thinking about behaviour. Have you come across the work of Carol Dweck and mindsets? I think this would resonate with your thinking.

  • Your experience in this regard is important here Simon. Having the balance between nurture and support and not accepting excuses is important. This can be hard when you do not know the students well. How did you balance this when you were first getting to know the students?

  • A thoughtful response here Sally - the idea that children feel safe to make mistakes is an important part of learning.

  • This is a really good question. In a lot of primary classrooms the children are in the same room all day. Has anyone got any good suggestions for Alice?