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What’s It Like to Have Asperger’s? A 9-Year-Old’s Perspective | The TpT Blog

Read this special interview between a mom and her 9-year-old son with Asperger’s as he talks candidly about sensory issues, social struggles, and more. Read the full interview here: What’s … Continue reading

September 12, 2018 · Leave a comment

What makes a ‘toxic’ environment? Part 3 | Ac-Ed

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This is part 3 of exploring and dealing with a toxic learning environment where we look at teacher retention.  Part two is here I have mentioned that…

September 2, 2018 · Leave a comment

A Simple Mental Health Pain Scale | The Graceful Patient

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A good friend pointed out, after my last post on the importance of physical pain scale accuracy, that we lack decent ways to communicate…

August 26, 2018 · Leave a comment

What makes a ‘toxic’ environment? Part 2 | Ac-Ed

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This is part 2 of exploring and dealing with a toxic learning environment. Part one is here It is easier to run away than stay and…

August 11, 2018 · Leave a comment

What makes a ‘toxic’ environment? Part 1 | Ac-Ed

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I have written this article to address the debate around teachers leaving teaching and the stress levels of pupils presently being experienced and reported. It is…

August 11, 2018 · Leave a comment

The 4 Levels of Learning

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   Jordan Belfort talks about 4 levels of learning whenever we want to gain a new skill. Unconscious Incompetent (let’s call it I don’t know…

July 25, 2018 · 3 Comments

The What and How of Flipped Learning

An interesting blog post from WIZIQ on the ideas behind the concept of Flipped Learning… Teachers crave to see all their students participating enthusiastically in the class. Instructors adopting flipped … Continue reading

June 20, 2018 · Leave a comment

Why I miss teaching | Ac-Ed

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“It’s better than sliced bread” was my reply in September 1977 when my dad asked me about my first teaching job. I was at the ‘chalk…

May 27, 2018 · Leave a comment

Lesson Planning 101 | Ac-Ed

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? It may appear simple to say that there has to be a beginning, middle and end but is important that we do not miss any…

April 29, 2018 · Leave a comment

WHY? | Ac-Ed

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Why dedicate yourself to introducing and promoting a way of thinking about, and going about, teaching and learning? I was asked this question and have been…

April 21, 2018 · Leave a comment

Learning to say “No” | Ac-Ed

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Teachers, on the whole, are a pretty compliant bunch. Ask them to do anything and they will often find a way to add it to their…

April 17, 2018 · Leave a comment

How Finnish Education Flourishes…

Just in, how to create the best and most successful education system on the planet!  Not forgetting that it is all about culture… Finnish Education – the Secret Sauce by Pirjo Suonen … Continue reading

March 28, 2018 · Leave a comment

Collaborative problem-solving and why it matters for learning | IOE London Blog

The results of the 2015 PISA collaborative problem solving assessments were  published last November. In Andreas Schleicher’s editorial, he confirmed that solving problems with others (collaborative problem-solving) is a key skill for … Continue reading

February 19, 2018 · Leave a comment

Clive Shepherd surveys Personalised Learning

A valuable contribution to the debate on personalised learning and why we do it so badly in the UK… Clive Shepherd on Personalised Learning

February 7, 2018 · Leave a comment

Leadership Posters | Ac-Ed

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Leadership Posters ? ? ? The article featured in Innovate my school about my reflections and insights into school leadership “’Are some school leaders too compliant?”…

January 26, 2018 · Leave a comment

Some Principles in Designing Learning Spaces – Rosen Bosch

When working on the Building Schools for the Future programme we always used to talk about learning spaces, even when teachers talked about classrooms. The standard classroom can be a … Continue reading

November 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Teacher: Are they the only redeeming feature of the educational environment in our schools? | Ac-Ed

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It is fair to say not all learners thrive in the educational environment of the school. Do we though, instead of investigating and remedying this situation,…

October 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

Why Good Schools Are Happy Places | HuffPost

Consider all that occurs in the short span of ten minutes at the start of each day at my son’s school. Students participate in a community that values play, song, … Continue reading

July 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

A Riposte to the Traditional Written Exam

This is a forthright and provocative attack on standard written examinations from the CEO of Yacapaca, Ian Grove-Stephensen. It certainly resonates with my experience… It is long past time to … Continue reading

July 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

Why Creativity?

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Is creativity important, and specifically is it so in teaching and learning? My short answer,  “Yes”. I would argue that without creativity there is the danger…

February 2, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Trouble with Symptoms in Education Terms

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In education it is more often than not that we treat the symptom and ignore the underlying cause.  In life we will often hide the true cause…

October 27, 2016 · Leave a comment

Scaffolding Learning – a different perspective?

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As teachers we break a subject down into components or elements of knowledge and understanding, into learning steps if you like. We then find the “best”…

October 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

Using Learning Intelligence* to leverage learning

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What does being a better learner mean? If I asked you the same in terms of football, or any other sport you would more than likely…

October 1, 2016 · Leave a comment

Managing the Arrival of a New Principal

The arrival of a new principal at your school is a significant moment for both the principal and the staff. It may herald fast and profound cultural change and, depending … Continue reading

September 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

The importance of a positive teacher-student relationship: it can boost good behavior in teens for up to 4 years | ace-d

Originally posted on From experience to meaning…: We’ve known for a long time that a positive relationship between teachers and students is important for learning. In the work of John … Continue reading

August 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

Improving Student Attendance: Lateral Thinking and Management Information

Often the most useful strategies for improving school performance require some lateral thinking and a look beneath the surface of an issue. One of the most intractable problems all schools … Continue reading

July 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

Michael Rosen on the Breaking of Educational Principles

An interesting article from writer and poet Michael Rosen on the current state of UK State Education. Rosen believes that the current Tory government have bent and broken two fundamental … Continue reading

June 15, 2016 · Leave a comment
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