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Burnout Isn’t Inevitable | Edutopia

Teachers are stressed – but schools can help. Lead author Keith Herman, a psychology professor, and his University of Missouri colleagues found that “the high stress levels reported by nearly … Continue reading

June 12, 2019 · Leave a comment

Standardized Testing: The Monster That Ate American Education | Big Think

As the Assistant Secretary of Education in the first Bush administration, Educational historian Diane Ravitch became known for her push to establish national standards for K-12 education. From 1997-2004, she … Continue reading

June 5, 2019 · Leave a comment

How to say no – and not feel bad about it | BBC Teach

Many of us are uncomfortable saying no because we don’t want to disappoint, or be thought of as uncooperative. However, being realistic about what you can do, whilst knowing when … Continue reading

June 2, 2019 · Leave a comment

Personalised Learning in the 4th Industrial Revolution

Thanks to Dr Tassos Anastasiades for this model of learning that he has developed to reflect the higher order learning skills that need to be developed to equip students for … Continue reading

May 29, 2019 · Leave a comment

Broomlands Primary: Does a ‘stunning school’ help learning? | BBC News

At first glance, it looks like a giant crown sitting on top of the grass or a spacecraft that has landed in a traditional Borders market town. Whatever it might … Continue reading

May 28, 2019 · Leave a comment

Coaching, Culture and Excellence

Glynis Frater outlines the key considerations in an effective school-based coaching model: Coaching has the power to change perceptions of self, to create opportunities for innovation, to build a culture … Continue reading

May 22, 2019 · Leave a comment

High Exam Anxiety

Despite meticulous preparation, and certainly if you have prepared less than well, anxiety can be debilitating in examinations. The point of impact may be in your thoughts or in your … Continue reading

May 20, 2019 · Leave a comment

Handy Tips to Make Students More Attentive | EduLearn2Change

How can you keep your students focused along the whole lesson ? Here are handy tips to make students more attentive and thus enhance their learning: Handy Tips to Make … Continue reading

May 15, 2019 · Leave a comment

Project-Based Learning: Key Elements

It is always a treat to discover a new forward looking educator sharing ideas. Today I came across Edulearn2Change and found we share a lot of common ground regarding key … Continue reading

May 13, 2019 · Leave a comment

25 Recycling Activities for the Classroom | WeAreTeachers

Help your students take recycling to a whole new level in your classroom with these inspiration ideas and projects. See the full list here: 25 Recycling Activities for the Classroom … Continue reading

May 8, 2019 · Leave a comment

Are Some School Leaders Too Compliant? | Innovate My School

You may not think education leadership is any different to any other form of leadership, but I believe it is. Yes there are similarities, but the process of becoming a leader and … Continue reading

May 1, 2019 · Leave a comment

Reluctant learners (students and teachers) and what you can do about them…

In any educational setting there will be learners who are not fully engaged in the learning process for a variety of reasons. If you have led an INSET session, you … Continue reading

April 24, 2019 · Leave a comment

Attributes of Successful Schools in the Digital Age | The Tech Edvocate

I think this may be rather putting the cart before the horse in terms of assuming the significant attributes of schools are their use of digital technologies. It takes more … Continue reading

April 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

How Finland’s Amazing Education System Works | Big Think

Finland’s education system works because its entire structure has been around several core principles. First and foremost, equal access to education is a constitutional right. Another important principle is that … Continue reading

April 10, 2019 · Leave a comment

The internet is the end of libraries? Not in Finland!

You might be forgiven for thinking that the Tory government subscribed to the view that Libraries were redundant given the ubiquitous nature of the internet. Finland begs to differ and … Continue reading

April 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

17 Teaching Principles of Effective Instruction | TeacherToolkit

What is it that makes a teacher highly effective? The Principles of Effective Teaching, research by Professor Barak Rosenshine. Source: 17 Teaching Principles of Effective Instruction | TeacherToolkit

April 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

Dipsticks: Efficient Ways to Check for Understanding

Todd Finlay at Edutopia gives some great advice about checking for understanding. Such checks form a much better format for assessing learning than traditional marking as it gives the child … Continue reading

March 27, 2019 · Leave a comment

Artificial Intelligence: Who is Writing the Future?

Artificial Intelligence is undoubtedly going to play a significant part in our futures. That brings up ethical and moral dilemmas regarding the purposes for which we are going to be … Continue reading

March 20, 2019 · Leave a comment

10 Global Megatrends Facing Education | BBC News

The OECD’s head of education forecasts the biggest questions being asked of schools around the world. Unfortunately I’d say these challenges were pretty accurately outlined here. We should have overcome … Continue reading

March 13, 2019 · Leave a comment

Gamification: Changing the Ground Rules For Learning

  Much has been written about the subject of gamification in learning. It covers a massive scope of developments. At one end of the spectrum is included artificial intelligence, online … Continue reading

March 11, 2019 · Leave a comment

Crossing Divides: The friends who are good for your brain | BBC News

Why mixing with a diverse group of people can do a lot to make us more creative. Source: Crossing Divides: The friends who are good for your brain – BBC … Continue reading

March 10, 2019 · Leave a comment

Finnish Education: What’s All the Fuss About?

Thank you to my Finnish friend Pirjo Suhonen for this useful overview of Finnish education from ALO Finland. Without Imagination there is no Creativity or Innovation | ALO Finland

March 6, 2019 · Leave a comment

Artificial Intelligence, Monitoring and Educational Ethics: Engagement Detection

Thank you to Ian Grove-Stephenson for bringing this disturbing article to my attention. We are all aware of the capacity of computer based technologies to make a decisive impact on … Continue reading

February 27, 2019 · Leave a comment

The Key Learning Theories Explained

This chart gives you access to the key learning theories shaping learning. The accompanying article gives further detail. Thanks to Richard Millward and Terry Heick for all their hard work … Continue reading

February 20, 2019 · Leave a comment

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 | Briefing Notes #2

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
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