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This Is How To Get People To Change | Barking Up The Wrong Tree

People are simultaneously smarter and dumber than you think. They often know what they’re doing is bad. They’re not usually lacking information. The issue is motivation. Overcoming ambivalence. Once people … Continue reading

August 15, 2022 · Leave a comment

Insights into the Parent Relationship with School and Learning from Liz Keable

I found a conversation started recently by Liz Keable on LinkedIn very insightful regarding the relationship of the parent and the school in supporting learning of the individual child. Improving … Continue reading

June 27, 2022 · Leave a comment

The Diminishing Returns of Productivity Culture | Culture Study

Technology robbed workers’ of what had been highly valued physical knowledge about a job: the precise way to jimmy a stuck gear, the sound a machine makes when something’s about … Continue reading

June 6, 2022 · Leave a comment

3 Secrets of Fantastic Writing Instruction | Brain Waves Instruction

I like to spend a class period or two devoted to giving students an opportunity to determine a topic and begin to plan out their first draft.  It’s important to … Continue reading

May 18, 2022 · Leave a comment

Why Standardised Education Systems Are Failing or Why it’s Essential to Embrace Creativity in Education | Ac-Ed

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For over 30 years or more the concept of standards and testing have characterised the mechanism by which policy has sought to improve education outcomes. There…

April 28, 2022 · Leave a comment

How To Overcome Imposter Syndrome at Work | The Asana Blog

Get tips on how to overcome imposter syndrome from Owen O’Kane, a psychotherapist with over 25 years of experience in physical and mental health. Whether we know it or not, … Continue reading

November 22, 2021 · Leave a comment

Why Behaviour Management is Not Where We Should Be Going

Fiona Holiday writes insightfully about the blind alley that is behaviour management and control in schools. She focuses on learned behaviour and the ability of adults to develop young people … Continue reading

September 6, 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

Emotional Intelligence Mapping

An interesting schema of Emotional Intelligence which echoes the London Tube Map…  Find out more here, including a deeper delve into the Stress Line: Emotional Intelligence Mapping | Stress Line … Continue reading

May 7, 2021 · Leave a comment

New Directions in Learning

I am indebted to Michael McKnight for sharing this diagram which sets some clear directions for resetting learning and education for the 21st century. Discuss… Further reading: Neuroscience and Education: … Continue reading

January 29, 2021 · Leave a comment

Resolutions for 2021: Mine’s about relationships – what’s yours? | Ac-Ed

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This time of year, as one closes and another is on the horizon, we start to look forward as well as back. Part of this process…

December 21, 2020 · Leave a comment

Good to be supporting Arbor Education’s online conference with a blog post on future learning…

Like many, I seem to be spending an inordinate amount of time at my desk recently. The latest conference I was due to attend as a speaker has been reconstituted as … Continue reading

October 26, 2020 · Leave a comment

Top Tips for Making the Most of the Summer Holidays | The Educator Blog

While the most important things for teachers to do during the school holidays is rest and recuperate, the summer months can also be a period to do something productive which … Continue reading

July 29, 2020 · Leave a comment

The Thinking Teacher: On Inspiration | Oliver Quinlan

Oliver Quinlan shares some of the key ideas from his book The Thinking Teacher. Being inspired by something feels good; it makes you feel energised, like you have learned something … Continue reading

July 27, 2020 · Leave a comment

The World Beyond the Coronavirus…

Wise words via my friend Pirjo Suhonen on education beyond Coronavirus… When the covid-19 pandemic passes and the world opens up again, we should redesign our schools using the best … Continue reading

April 22, 2020 · Leave a comment

The Importance of System Thinking Skills for Learners of All Ages

BOLD is becoming one of my favourite online sources for leading-edge articles on the future of learning. The themes developed there are very much in line with the philosophy of … Continue reading

March 2, 2020 · Leave a comment

Some Alarming Developments in England’s Initial Teacher Training

Just as a curriculum is only as good as the vision of its creators, so the quality of teaching is largely determined by the quality and vision of the training … Continue reading

January 6, 2020 · 2 Comments

Does it matter which path? | Ac-Ed

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Image acknolwedgement https://www.prweb.com In teaching and learning terms that is. Asking somebody to do something or giving instructions to be followed is an everyday thing but…

November 14, 2019 · Leave a comment

Future Proof Your School: Peer Review

Nothing is more valuable that a review from a fellow practitioner. I was delighted to read this vindication of Future Proof Your School today from Dr Morris Charlton, who praised … Continue reading

October 22, 2019 · Leave a comment

Designing a school curriculum | Ac-Ed

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The school curriculum has many masters, and whilst we think in subjects, few options. We need to rethink our approach and it starts with developing a…

July 23, 2019 · Leave a comment

Closing the Achievement Net: Talk notes and slides | Ac-Ed

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Downloadable file After my talk at the 2019 Festival of Education I have prepared a downloadable file covering the key aspects of the session. Like all…

July 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

What I learnt at the 10th Festival of Education | Ac-Ed

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This was my 5th time at the festival but this year I spoke at the festival about the importance of learning relationships and our learning needs…

June 25, 2019 · Leave a comment

The Dimensions of School Leadership

Thank To Andrew Howard for sharing this infographic regarding the dimensions of leadership required from a modern school leader. It rings true with my experience. In my new book Future … Continue reading

June 10, 2019 · Leave a comment

Teacher Wellbeing | Ac-Ed

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Are you hiding how you feel? I want to add to the discussion about teacher wellbeing, to explore the signs and symptoms and then offer some…

April 28, 2019 · Leave a comment

How the exam system sets up neuro-diverse students to fail

This is a really important piece by Jules Daulby regarding the double jeopardy that students with learning and behavioural issues, which she encompasses in the term neuro-diverse students, face in … Continue reading

March 26, 2019 · Leave a comment

Work-Life Balance | Ac-Ed

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I have written this article as a way of looking at the teacher retention and recruitment issues we are currently facing in the profession. A key…

March 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

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

Originally posted on The Graceful Patient:
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

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