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7 Deadly School Sins | TeacherToolkit

  I was amazed in the course of my school career about how much time was spent in busy work. Things which were done without question, and with little effectiveness. … Continue reading

February 13, 2019 · Leave a comment

The Emotional Energy Matrix in Your School

An interesting article from Joseph Little,  Director at CPC SYSTEMS LIMITED on the emotional energy matrix and its applications to organisations. It certainly rings true of every school I’ve worked … Continue reading

February 6, 2019 · Leave a comment

Future Proof Your School: Cultural knowledge, in-house experience and project planning methodologies

Every learning organisation has a culture. This forms an underlying set of values and ways of doing things which determines how practice is maintained, and changes resisted or embraced. This … Continue reading

February 5, 2019 · Leave a comment

What is Wrong With the School System…

The schools and reformed penal system of the nineteenth century had similar antecedents and moral drivers and came up with extraordinarily similar systems for the management of those in the … Continue reading

February 4, 2019 · Leave a comment

Are there any teachers out there who would encourage their students to pursue teaching?

An interesting article by Sandro Bellantone which hints at what is behind the teacher recruitment and retention crisis… Are there any teachers out there who would encourage their students to … Continue reading

January 30, 2019 · 2 Comments

Engaging with E-learning

Too often in education, Information Technology has been sold on its features. These may be very enticing all-singing, all dancing Technicolor elements, but at no point does it demonstrate achievable … Continue reading

January 16, 2019 · Leave a comment

Sabotaging Your Own Classroom!

These are all pretty effective ways to undermine your work in the classroom… usually it takes years to appreciate this. Middle school veteran Jennifer Gonzalez identifies 10 ineffective habits new … Continue reading

January 11, 2019 · Leave a comment

Finland: Culture, Trust and Education

Among the most significant features of Finnish education is not found in the classroom, or even in the school, but in the role of education at the heart of the … Continue reading

January 9, 2019 · Leave a comment

An Open Invitation from the Learning Renaissance to Join Our International Reflective Learning Community Resource

If you represent a school or other learning establishment, you are very welcome to include a link to the Learning Renaissance on your online Continuing Professional Development (CPD) library. There … Continue reading

January 7, 2019 · Leave a comment

INSET Days and How Not to do them!

The start of a new term means there is likely to be an INSET day in the offing… Ross Morrison McGill wrote this article that got me thinking about the … Continue reading

January 4, 2019 · Leave a comment

New Year Resolutions…what to bin to give yourself more creative space

We all start the New Year with strong resolutions in mind. We often find that they don’t last the first week back at school! Ross Morrison McGill of Teacher Toolkit … Continue reading

January 1, 2019 · Leave a comment

Scaffolding Discussion: Socratic Method

If ever there was a time when students need to know how to conduct a discussion in a rational evidence based way then it is now. Web 2.0 has allowed … Continue reading

December 19, 2018 · Leave a comment

Helping Students Develop Executive Function Skills | Edutopia

This is a well-informed article outlining how to develop higher order thinking skills, either to recover a deficit or to have students thinking on a higher plane. Simple classroom strategies can … Continue reading

December 12, 2018 · Leave a comment

Biggest winners and losers from degrees | BBC News

Women studying maths at Oxford and men taking economics at Bristol get the biggest increase in earnings from going to university, says an analysis of salaries at the age of … Continue reading

December 5, 2018 · Leave a comment

100 Coping Strategies for Anger, Anxiety, and More

See the full list here: 100 Coping Strategies for Anger, Anxiety, and More | Pathways2Success.com

November 30, 2018 · Leave a comment

Classroom Rules… Some Reasons Not to Have Them by David Tow | Edutopia

I’ve always thought the way forward is the self-regulated classroom where the rules come not from discipline enforced on the students, but from self-discipline displayed by them. This also highlights … Continue reading

November 28, 2018 · Leave a comment

A History of 50 years of Educational Technology by Tony Parkin

I always enjoy Tony Parkin’s posts, which are informative and provocative. I particularly enjoyed this saunter down the educational technologies of the last fifty years, which corresponds to my experiences … Continue reading

November 26, 2018 · Leave a comment

Seven charts on the £73,000 cost of educating a child | BBC News

A The amount spent on schools is a source of frequent controversy. So, where does all the money for educating the country’s children go? School spending is watched closely – … Continue reading

November 21, 2018 · Leave a comment

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

Mapping Our Way Home – The History and Function of Myths in Society

A great article on mapping which might not be quite what you expect from James Sale: Myths: Mapping Our Way Home | The Epoch Times

November 14, 2018 · Leave a comment

Dire Predictions About the Future of Traditional Education Models

Harvard Business School Professor Clayton Christensen has some stunning comments to make about traditional educational delivery models, and he is prepared to put a time scale on them. This fall, 19.9 … Continue reading

November 12, 2018 · Leave a comment

Energy and Calm: Brain Breaks and Focused-Attention Practices | Edutopia

When presented with new material, standards, and complicated topics, we need to be focused and calm as we approach our assignments. We can use brain breaks and focused-attention practices to … Continue reading

November 7, 2018 · Leave a comment

19 Teacher Instagram Hacks That Will Make This School Year The Best One Yet | Buzzfeed

Just a few ways to save your money, time, and patience. View the full list here: 19 Teacher Instagram Hacks That Will Make This School Year The Best One Yet … Continue reading

November 2, 2018 · Leave a comment

Growth Mindset: A Key to Future Learning – Sindu Sreebhavan Explains

Success is not the result of mere talent and intelligence. In fact, success is the result of how we fuel our skills with attitudes, beliefs, behaviors and habits. It is … Continue reading

October 31, 2018 · 1 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

Children with problems or problem children? | BBC News

There’s nothing pleasant about being on the end of a child’s angry or aggressive outburst – whether you’re a parent or a teacher. And if that outburst happens in a … Continue reading

October 24, 2018 · Leave a comment
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