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The Deviously Difficult Dead Words Quiz | BBC Bitesize

Rediscovering dead words tells us a lot about our past, both in terms of social and cultural history, but also the history of the language itself. Can you guess the … Continue reading

June 30, 2021 · Leave a comment

4 Ways to Take a Real Break This Summer | Edutopia

Some teachers turn downtime into a professional learning opportunity, but unplugging from work has a lot of value. Find out more here: 4 Ways to Take a Real Break This … Continue reading

June 30, 2021 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Summer

June 29, 2021 · Leave a comment

Mobile phone ban plan to improve school behaviour | BBC News

Mobile phone bans and other ways to create “calm classrooms” are to be considered to help improve discipline in England’s schools. Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said he wants to make … Continue reading

June 29, 2021 · Leave a comment

The Mistake-Friendly Classroom | Edutopia

Learning from mistakes is crucial for growth. Here are a few ways teachers can prepare to take advantage of them. The key, though, is not stigmatizing mistakes—or the students who … Continue reading

June 28, 2021 · Leave a comment

Look Beyond the Behaviour to the Cause…

Using my friend Kevin Hewitson’s metaphor of ‘If you can’t reach them, you can’t teach them, I would suggest all teachers think again about what lies beyond challenging behaviour. Thank … Continue reading

June 25, 2021 · 1 Comment

Thought For The Day: Surround Yourself with Positive People

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June 24, 2021 · Leave a comment

Class Reflection Activities to Close Out a Tough Year | Edutopia

After a challenging year of pandemic schooling, these activities help students reflect on what they’ve learned and look forward to what’s coming next. Read the article here: Class Reflection Activities … Continue reading

June 23, 2021 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: A Timely Reminder

As this difficult academic year rolls to an end…

June 22, 2021 · Leave a comment

Assessment: What is it Good For?

I found this outline of an assessment protocol quite interesting and thought it could help in moving the curriculum in more engaging directions in developing more autonomous and independent learners… … Continue reading

June 21, 2021 · Leave a comment

Self-harm warning signs can appear decade earlier | BBC Health

Early warning signs of self-harm can appear in children almost a decade before it starts, say researchers. The team at the University of Cambridge found two distinct groups that were … Continue reading

June 20, 2021 · Leave a comment

Jimmy Carr on Teachers

June 18, 2021 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: The Conservation of Momentum

June 17, 2021 · Leave a comment

Sense of Humour | TeachingEnglish | British Council | BBC

How many syllabi include the ability to tell or understand a joke? Understanding the sense of humour of a people is a key element of understanding the culture and language … Continue reading

June 16, 2021 · Leave a comment

Five Ways Humor Boosts Creative Thinking and Problem-Solving in the Classroom | John Spencer

There is a very real vulnerability to humor, because, whether we want to admit it or not, we are trying to be humorous . . . or at least witty. … Continue reading

June 16, 2021 · 2 Comments

Re-Examining Success: A time to review the fundamentals of British education

There seems increasing disillusionment in the UK regarding the purposes and practices of education and increasing numbers of teacher are looking towards a fundamental re-think of the whole education system. … Continue reading

June 15, 2021 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: The Perfect Recipe for Iced Coffee

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Humour and Cognitive Skills: A Systematic Review of Empirical Research in Higher Education | Jonathan Sandling

The aim of this systematic review is to explore the specific cognitive skills that are associated with humour via a review of the empirical research. Three publications did consider how … Continue reading

June 14, 2021 · Leave a comment

Instructional Humor Enhances Learning |

If humor grabs and sustains attention and if it evokes pleasant and positive feelings, why don’t we use it more often in learning experience design?  Humor elicits a positive affect … Continue reading

June 14, 2021 · Leave a comment

The Geo-Inquiry Process | National Geographic Society

The National Geographic Society has a five-step PBL model and resource library to foster deep learning The Geo-Inquiry Process relies on using a geographic perspective, offering a unique lens to … Continue reading

June 11, 2021 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Easy Peasy!

June 10, 2021 · Leave a comment

Enduring Practices From Remote Teaching | Edutopia

After a year-long crash course in digital tools and remote teaching, a teacher reflects on what will stick in her brick-and-mortar classroom. A living agenda—one that is updated every day—supports … Continue reading

June 9, 2021 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Having a Hard Day?

June 8, 2021 · Leave a comment

Philosophy for Children – Enhancing Cognitive Skills

There have long been advocates of Philosophy for Children (P4C) who have promoted the idea that dealing with the elements of thinking in a rational and systematic way would promote … Continue reading

June 7, 2021 · Leave a comment

Free Tech Assets for Learning Improvement

The general problem with educational technology is that it is designed by people with computer expertise. They are not educational experts and too often are enticed by the ‘art of … Continue reading

June 4, 2021 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: The Wisdom of Cicero

June 3, 2021 · Leave a comment

Summer 2021 Reads for Teachers | Edutopia

These aren’t exactly beach reads, but they’ll be useful when teachers want to reflect on the past year—and plan for the future. Source: Summer 2021 Reads for Teachers | Edutopia

June 2, 2021 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Measuring Success

June 1, 2021 · Leave a comment