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#TinyVoiceTuesday – The Questions Asked and Answered

#TinyVoiceTuesday began on Tuesday 11th February 2020 and at the beginning of March I wrote a post that consisted of the questions asked by the Tiny Voices and links to the threads (answers). I hoped that this would help others and it would appear it did – so I have done it again. This post incorporates the original questions and various questions asked in the last month.

To find the thread of answers to the question you are interested in, just click on the Twitter username above the question and it will take you to them. I have attempted to organise the questions into groups and alphabetically, in the hope that you will be able to navigate through them more easily. Hopefully I have done this in a way that makes sense to you too! If you find this post useful, I would be really keen to hear your feedback.

If you have a question that you would like answered on #TinyVoiceTuesday then follow the guidance in the post – Twitter, Tinies, Tuesday – All Explained!

Finally, before we get onto the questions, I want to say a massive thank you to the #TVTTagTeam for all their help in supporting others. Believe it or not, I only formed this team on March 14th and they have been on hand to support the Tinies with their questions ever since. Thank you – you are all amazing.


#TinyVoiceTuesday Questions

Art/ Photography

Any #photography teachers out there? Although I’m Art trained,It’s my first year teaching photography as a specialist subject. Looking for ideas/inspiration that could engage my class of eager learners – Thanks in advance!



#TinyVoiceTuesday does anyone have any good ideas for an assembly on lent that I can do tomorrow?



Morning! What do your lovely primary schools do about attendance and punctuality? Reward high %? Is there another way when it isn’t the child’s fault if they are absent/late?

I would love to hear more about attendance and how it’s approached at your school. Tackling persistent absence / rewards etc.



I’m in the process of re-writing my schools behaviour policy. Does anyone have any tips? Good examples for me to look at it? Or any advice? Thanking you all in advance!


#TinyVoiceTuesday Any strategies for that very enthusiastic, needs to be heard, child, who can’t help but jump up and call out (even when we have no hands up/lolly sticks/behaviour chart/show on your hands/wbs and other strategies in place as a class/school to reduce this!)


How can you help someone who seems to think they don’t need to listen to any instructions? Particularly in writing?


Afternoon all, I’m a year 3 teacher in a large junior school. Looking to develop resilience in children at school and at home. #TinyVoiceTuesday


Thinking with my HOY hat on this morning. In my current year 9 cohort, I have 60% male and the ‘lad culture’, aggressive behaviour and immaturity can sometimes be an issue. Does anyone have any creative ideas to address these issues?

I’m a TA and whenever I read to the yr6class there is a lot of low level whispering/ chatting/ distraction… I think it’s because they aren’t used to being read to (it’s not a daily occurrence) and also because the teacher isn’t there…any advice?!

Blogging/ Writing


I’m new to Twitter, tweeting about life, teaching & mental health. Plan to start blogging if I ever get time – any tips on how/where to start, good blog host sites that are free etc? Thanks

Career Advice


Best tips for finding your first job please. What should I be doing/looking for to find the right school?


It’s my mid performance appraisal on Thursday and I want to talk about my professional development. We’ve been asked to come up with ideas. Eventually I want to be SLT so what is the most vital experiences you’ve had and what do you recommend I do?


If you could give one piece of advice and ONE piece only to an NQT what would it be?

I’d like to do some reading / online CPD. I’m an aspiring middle-leader in a mainstream English primary. Have had lots of CPD as maths lead, but want to look a bit wider. Not sure where to start, so can anyone recommend anything?


My course has been suspended so keeping myself busy with online CPD. Any other recommendations of what I can do to develop my employability skills? Hope everyone is keeping safe!


Can anyone recommend any useful free / low cost CPD courses?

Could I please ask some of you what you’d recommend spending time learning before the start of my PGCE? Current PGCE’ers/experienced teachers – what do you wish you’d known/were prepared for?

Hi! I’m a PGCE student at the moment and in a really weird situation (as is everyone) with the idea that I will be qualifying this year despite not having as much practise as I would have liked! Has anyone got any top tips/ideas that will help?

I’ve been thinking about job applications. Was in the system having applied and got soo close with one job – any heads or teachers out there got any advice on applying for jobs with the current climate?


How has your school created a culture/is trying to/ has adopted a culture. Let me know 🙂

Differentiation (or not)

I am interested in practical ideas for ‘teaching to the top’ how do you bring the ones who struggle along with you on the journey? Looking to steer my school away from old school differentiation.


I work in a FE & HE arts institution & usually our students exhibit in a final show. Do you have any ideas of how to create a digi art show/space to give them a virtual show? Or suggestions of what we could do to showcase artwork?



I’m moving into #EAL teaching at an international school and keen to connect with other teachers, especially those based in Asia. #TinyVoiceTuesday

Early Years


How do you encourage EYFS children to read at home? Last year I had no problems with this whereas this year I only have a handful of children who read regularly!


I’ve got year R-2 altogether for WBD on Thursday. I’d like to do something very interactive/continuous provision style. Any ideas? I was thinking something along the lines of making porridge, and then making 3 bears chairs in the woods…



I’m hoping that there might be someone on #TinyVoiceTuesday who is currently using Microsoft Teams with their classes? Thinking of introducing it at FE & HE (in place of a VLE) but would love to have some more info if people had it!

Currently having issues with our Classroom Management Software. I need to be able to both lock screens & show my screen to pupils in my classroom without PCs losing connection. Does anybody have any recommendations for software that’s reliable?

Wondering if anyone has been given any advice about online teaching during the Coronavirus outbreaks (esp in HE & FE)? We’ve had no advice so far so I’m a little concerned. I’m our VLE’s admin so seeing what others are doing would be v. helpful!

#TinyVoiceTuesday Hi, just wondering if anyone can recommend good websites or apps for a child in year 7 please?

One of the mum’s I tutor for has asked me to do online sessions for the next few weeks as she is pulling him from school as of tomorrow. Does anyone have any tips on how I could do this? I tutor him in phonics/writing


In this weird world of remote working, I’ve started recording video guides for work and think I look uncomfortable in every single one so far! Has anyone got any tips for when presenting to camera?

Anyone got a foolproof way of downloading videos to save on a laptop?

any thoughts on a website that will allow me to display lots of pictures &/or documents and allow people to vote for their favourite?! Ran a competition & would like the school community to get involved in choosing a winner!

I am looking for a coding programme for a 12 year old, and possibly the 7 year old, to work through. Kodu isn’t playing ball. Anything else out there that is free to download and use please?


Has anyone taught Twelfth Night to KS3 here? Would really welcome DMs/pointers to good resources?

Morning everyone! My thoughts are turning to curriculum development, has anyone got a model of a primary English curriculum based on books they would be willing to share for inspiration? Have a good day!!

Feedback & Marking

Good morning #TinyVoiceTuesday I am looking for advice/evidence on ks3 assessment and no marking. I am trialling a few things but it’s always useful to get other peoples’ ideas.


Didn’t get any responses when I asked so thought I’d try #TinyVoiceTuesday @Toriaclaire – I have been landed with teaching paper 3 to my geog y13s after a member of staff left mid-term (Edexcel). Does anyone have any resources/ advice for this as I’ve not done it before?! Thanks

I’m working from home this week manning my google classroom and doing some Geography planning today. Any great resources/books/websites year 3 teachers have used?

Home Learning

Looking at preparing home learning packs for our Year 6 children. Has anyone any good ideas or templates ? I was thinking project based, all ideas appreciated.


Any cool ideas for social activites to set up for the children online?


One of our Tiny Voices wants creative ideas to work on at home with her children. Who can give her some great ideas – come on #TVTTagTeam please help.


Hi all! After 6 years I’m looking for a new job for Sept. Any advice on selling myself in application/at interview?!

I have a job interview tomorrow over Skype. Does anybody have any experience of interviews done this way? Any tips on what I should do?

Key Stage 1


I’m wanting to look at how I implement continuous provision better in my classroom. It’s my first year in Year 1 and I feel like I’m not getting it quite right. How do others do it? #TinyVoiceTuesday


I am about to start my final PGCE placement in KS1. Does anyone have any advice.

Knowledge Organisers

Does anyone have any knowledge organisers for Edexcel Crime and Punishment & Whitechapel?



#TinyVoiceTuesday looking to connect with leaders who have struggled with a setback – looking for your stories, tips and advice!


I’m looking for out of the box thinking about leading writing. Trying to develop teaching and learning without emphasis on observations and book looks. So far I have had gap planning discussions with staff which went really well.


Morning all #TinyVoiceTuesdayUnites today I am pondering how best to help staff engage with research evidence. Any ideas greatly received! #TinyVoiceTuesday


If you were to implement a research informed initiative (having considered your own context obviously) would you a) Show all staff the research and allow them to comment etc or b) Do a light touch and then have the research available for those who wish to know more/ don’t engage?


I’m looking for some different views from #TinyVoiceTuesday. We are redoing our KS3 schemes and have been toying with amount of guidance to give staff. Do people prefer prescriptive & resourced schemes of work, or freedom to plan and map your own based on some objectives? Thanks!


I would love to connect with other heads of years! How do you encourage your tutors to get more invested in their tutor group?

I’m looking for good research articles about team teaching or other strategies used to improve and support colleagues in developing the quality of teaching. Any recommendations of articles or good education research journals?


Experienced teachers can be reluctant to engage in coaching. Why do you think this is?


I will be conducting research into ‘Investigating the impact of coaching middle leadership versus a classroom teacher’. Any good pre-reading articles out there?

#TinyVoiceTuesday putting this out there early as I really need to know today. How long is your SEF in primary? Is there anyone who doesn’t do one at all?


This week I am pondering ways in which leaders safeguard their own wellbeing #TinyVoiceTuesday


Context is hugely important in leadership, especially now. It’s humbling to be able to support my team where they are currently. So, one week into our new world, what would you want your line manager to say to you today? Or what have they said that has really helped you?

Interested in strategies for improving T&L.



I’ve been set a target for September to “explore teaching techniques across the maths curriculum” (KS1/2). I’m putting together a notebook of different lessons/strategies I come across Is there any suggestions from #edutwitter of maths lessons/topics that you think you’ve taught really well? Please share!


Y6 / KS2 minds help please- can children be given working out/method marks in SATS for bar models…? Never mentioned in mark schemes etc but it’s a popular method?


A while ago I started teaching etymology in Maths – life changing. Anyone else?


Hello #TinyVoiceTuesday which topic, when teaching Maths, do you think the children find most challenging and why is this – place value, time, fractions or choosing the correct strategy to solve word problem. What do you to overcome this? Thanks very much

Mental Health

I am devising a list of websites, apps and support links to help parents with children with mental health needs in tackling questions and worries re: CV19 for the school website. Any suggestions?

Minds & Mindsets


Can anyone pls share research to back up this quote? “It takes approximately 400 repetitions to create a new synapse in the brain – unless it is done with play, in which case, it takes between 10-20 repetitions.”


I have recently seen a survey where the majority of people voted that growth mindset theories don’t work. What are your thoughts and why? I’m interested in updating my understanding of this.

Outdoor Learning


I would like to connect with people and share thoughts on the impact outdoor learning has on children- primary and secondary- my own interest is speech and language and attachment #TinyVoiceTuesday


#TinyVoiceTuesday Looking to improve my knowledge on children spending time outdoors- Forest school ideals applied to all primary years. Does anyone have any good practice to share or interesting lessons/experience!


We have an annual ‘outdoors day’ and are always looking for ideas! Thank you!



Anyone willing to share (briefly!) what you use to assess reading across your primary school and/or what you use to get reading ages for the children. Thank you!


Anyone willing to share their experiences of using NFER reading tests for assessment? Positive and negative please.


Has anyone ever done a Book In A Jar competition?


Hi Anyone got a full proof way of teaching kids how to write great book reviews for year5\6? Want sprinkle library with them but want to teach pricess first. Ta in advance


#TinyVoiceTuesday what is everybody doing for World Book Day next Thursday?


We are looking to revamp how we assess children’s reading. We did PM Benchmark but not effective so looking for ideas.


Good morning #TinyVoiceTuesday folk, I’m after your wisdom! Started medium-term supply in mixed Y1/2 and there’s nothing in place for guided reading. Is it better to do ability-based carousel activities in KS1 or can whole class reading work? If so, how?


Morning #TinyVoiceTuesday I’m a year 6 teacher and part of the reading team. How do you promote reading for pleasure in your school?


I’m a TA and completing my dissertation for my BA(Hons) before I start my SCITT year in September. I’m passionate about reading for pleasure and interested to hear about how I can engage reluctant readers to read. Thanks!

Whole Class Reading. Thoughts? What works well? Resource recommendations. Always good to try and get different perspectives…

Which motivational books do your class read? I’ve got some non-readers asking for
Has anyone used @audibleuk how do the credits work?

I would be so grateful of any reading/audibooks/author reading inspo for use as a parent but also for my class to engage with from home.

I’m just wondering if anyone has any ideas on where I can find any good reading about developing a reading culture within school? The importance of reading? The role of an English leader in developing reading?



#TinyVoiceTuesday I’m really looking to network with more teachers in the twitter-sphere. I post a lot of Science related things.


I want to get into textbook writing. I’ve done some practice paper writing which I enjoy but would like to do some more of that or similar. Anyone have any contacts?


Anonymous Tiny Voice,

…is attending an ‘Intro to Portage’ course tomorrow & is a bit worried about posting it. Is there anyone who can shed some light into what could be included & give some advice to a young practitioner attending courses? #TinyVoiceTuesday 


Morning #TinyVoiceTuesday I am trying to raise awareness of hidden disabilities in FE but currently feel like I am falling flat on my face.



#TinyVoiceTuesday would love to connect with #edutwitter community and hear about people’s ideas and experiences to improve staff and/or student well-being. 


#TinyVoiceTuesday top tips for teacher wellbeing and reducing workload please

Does anyone have a links, resources or tips for voice care? I’m currently teaching all day and then presenting/leading meetings after school. I don’t have the strongest voice anyway. #TinyVoiceTuesday

Any advice on how to combine being an ITE senior lecturer (plus EdD and Master’s tutor) alongside home-schooling two boys? I’m finding the lack of boundaries interesting! I need to establish a new ‘normal’ that gives me time for my own wellbeing.



A writing query. When a child’s work doesn’t make sense I’ve been advised to have them read it out loud so they can hear the mistake. This makes sense in theory but in practise, from my experience, the child still thinks it makes sense. Any ideas out there? #TinyVoiceTuesday


Wondering if anyone could share their overview for teaching grammar in KS2. Trying to rejig things to ensure previous years learning isn’t lost. Very interested in spaced out learning.


Trying to think of some engaging writing ideas for my 3/4 class based on Escape from Pompeii. So far I’m thinking before and after senses maps to aid before and after setting descriptions, diary entries and newspapers. Not sure what direction to go in.


At a recent moderation,we were told to jettison newspaper reports in UKS2 due to the difficulties of emulating a journalistic style. I must admit, I dislike newspaper reports, but what’s the general consensus?


Looking to build on my vocabulary work in year 5. What are your go tos? Any favourite books that support your teaching? The children have come such a long way so now I need to up my own game and shake things up a bit. #tinyvoicetuesday


Ok #TinyVoiceTuesday I have 5 of my class , whose spelling is very, very, very weak. What are your best pieces of advice on spelling? Dyslexic spelling strategies?

I’m interested to know how people teach spellings at school. Do teachers still send home weekly spelling lists? How do you ensure children can then apply the rule – love to hear peoples thoughts.


#tinyvoicetuesday thinking of getting my class to start writing letters to be sent to elderly residents within our community during their isolation. Sharing learning and stories and showing togetherness. Any other schools doing similar?


I am a teacher who is passionate about giving children the very best learning experiences that I can. Over the past twenty years my teaching has evolved as I have ensured that I have learnt as much as possible about my craft.

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