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The Best Lessons… Accidents, Design and Spontaneity!

Some of the worst lessons I have taught have been those which I prepared in greatest detail. Like the battle plans that did not survive the first engagement with the … Continue reading

November 19, 2018 · Leave a comment

I’m researching a book on examination preparation … can you help?

I’m currently researching a book I’ve been commissioned to write regarding the preparation of students for examinations. I’m reluctant to use the term ‘revision’ as it is the dichotomy between … Continue reading

November 16, 2018 · 3 Comments

Giving Learners Responsibility in Class

I like this idea, which is an extension of what goes on informally in most classrooms. I would want the roles to be rotated, with each role holder briefing the … Continue reading

November 5, 2018 · 1 Comment

The Definition of Effective Leadership…

I’ve found in my experience, that the definition of the leader which includes the idea that everyone conforms to his/her expectations when they are around is a false one. The … Continue reading

October 29, 2018 · Leave a comment

The End of Examinations As We Know Them?

The last few weeks have heralded a lot of national announcements about the traditional examination system. OFSTED has decried the examination factory culture of some English schools and is looking … Continue reading

October 25, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Shape of Things to Come and Why Education Must Change… and Quickly!

Peter Drucker’s quote encapsulates why formal education cannot continually use learning time to fill up little boxes of subject knowledge. The information is out there on the internet – a … Continue reading

October 22, 2018 · Leave a comment

Collaboration: The Future of Learning

The future of learning will be less about information transmission from teacher to student (pedagogy) and more about the student determining the how, the where and the when of learning … Continue reading

October 15, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Future

There seems to be a tide of disharmony running in the world at the moment, it runs habitually, but does not always rise high enough to involve western nations. The … Continue reading

October 8, 2018 · Leave a comment

Disruptive Thinking… New Technologies, New Learning

I’ve seen this adage in multiple formats attributed to many different innovators, Henry Ford said that the Motor Car was not the result of the continuous refinement of the horse … Continue reading

October 1, 2018 · Leave a comment

Fake News and the Assault on Rational Thought

I have to thank my Indian friend and colleague, Arunabh Singh of Nehru World Schools, who shared clear outline of how to use your critical faculties to spot the news … Continue reading

September 28, 2018 · Leave a comment

Pobble!

I came across a new website which looks to turbocharge the teaching of English. I liked what I found and thought you might find it useful too. Pobble supports your teaching. … Continue reading

September 24, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Direction of Travel in Educational Technology…

This article outlines the top ten trends in educational technology development. Some perennials remain in the list like Personalisation and Gamification, whilst others make the list by dint of new … Continue reading

September 17, 2018 · Leave a comment

Educational False Starts and Heutagogy

I am as prone as the next teacher to exploring new approaches to learning, but it could be said that teachers are naïve suckers for an all-encompassing solution to learning. … Continue reading

September 12, 2018 · Leave a comment

Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Education

I’m always a little sceptical of the claims of the technologists regarding the impact of technologies on learning. Firstly, they are from a technical and not a teaching background Secondly, … Continue reading

September 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Learning Renaissance Growth and Development

  It is really satisfying to see the growth in the international readership of the Learning Renaissance over recent times. The map and figures show a single day’s readership… Each … Continue reading

September 1, 2018 · Leave a comment

Reading – The Foundation for Learning

Considering they have been in power for eight years, it is a bit disingenuous for a Tory Education Minister to find that there are children who struggle with basic literacy … Continue reading

August 27, 2018 · Leave a comment

An Elective Component to your Curriculum: Promoting Student and Staff Motivation

The element of choice in the curriculum, at least in the UK, is a fairly obscure one. I’ve been involved in only one school in which the students were able … Continue reading

August 20, 2018 · Leave a comment

Helping Students With ADHD Concentrate

If you have had students with ADHD in your class, you will appreciate the difficulties in getting them to focus and apply themselves to a task in hand. For some … Continue reading

August 13, 2018 · Leave a comment

Leadership Traits

I’m currently in the feverish process of writing a book on leadership and culture. Coming across this, it helped me clarify some thoughts and took  me to thinking about leaders … Continue reading

July 30, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Exclusion Scandal in English Schools

This is what happens when you set up structures that prioritise examination performance above all else… the most vulnerable students pay the cost. It is essentially the marketisation of learning … Continue reading

July 26, 2018 · Leave a comment

Educational Fads and Proper Learning

A deliberately provocative heading to this piece… From time to time a new educational fad gains ground. Some are based on sound research, but many are not. The most pernicious I’ve … Continue reading

July 23, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Stresses on Modern Teenagers in the West

An interesting discussion piece on the stresses on modern teenagers. I have qualified the piece with the modifier “in the west” as I don’t think we can assume that the … Continue reading

July 16, 2018 · Leave a comment

Neural State and Student Emotional Behaviour

I remember wading into quite a serious fight at school and having to separate the antagonists and make a quick assessment of their emotional states so as to decide who … Continue reading

July 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

TV and Video in the Classroom: The Distance Travelled

It is many years ago that I had my first brush with television technology in the classroom. I was in the last year in primary school and at 10.45 in … Continue reading

July 2, 2018 · Leave a comment

Behaviour: What’s Below the Surface

I’ve always believed that what constitutes poor student behaviour has reasons. If you can understand the reasons which bring on the behaviour, you might have as chance of modifying it. … Continue reading

June 26, 2018 · 2 Comments

Emotional First Aid for Teachers and Students!

The best teachers will be remembered not for the content of their lessons, but for the care and support they showed their students. This outlines a systematic way to support … Continue reading

June 25, 2018 · Leave a comment

Data Management and Purposes

The fact that we can accumulate data, does not give it some spurious meaning or validation. The management of data in schools should be about yielding insights into how to … Continue reading

June 18, 2018 · Leave a comment
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