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Women Who Watched ‘The X-Files’ Pursued More Careers in STEM | www.fastcompany.com

The phenomenon has been known as “The Scully Effect”–named after Gillian Anderson’s character Dana Scully – and the Geena Davis Institute proved it’s real. Women who watched The X-Files regularly … Continue reading

June 13, 2018 · Leave a comment

Streaming at five set me up to fail, says deputy head | BBC News

Sean Macnamara was put on “the oblong table” for low-ability pupils when he was still in reception. No-one told Sean and his friend Billy what being “an oblong” meant – … Continue reading

June 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

A Picture of Language: The Fading Art of Diagramming Sentences | NPR

Once a popular way to teach grammar, the practice of diagramming sentences has fallen out of favor. When you think about a sentence, you usually think about words — not … Continue reading

June 6, 2018 · Leave a comment

John Hattie & His Top 10 High Impact Teaching Strategies | Australian Society for Evidence Based Teaching

John Hattie’s review of research revealed some teachers have far more impact on students’ learning than others. Discover why here: John Hattie & His Top 10 High Impact Teaching Strategies … Continue reading

May 30, 2018 · Leave a comment

Crafting Feedback That Leads to Learning

I remember, when on teaching practise, hearing horror stories of student teachers having to submit a planning book and a set of marked books every week to a mentor for … Continue reading

May 28, 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

Gesundheit! The Surprising Case of Emotional Contagion | Six Seconds

Humans are highly sensitive to emotional signals in the environment. People tend to catch others’ emotions – an effect known as emotional contagion. And to be able to navigate this … Continue reading

May 23, 2018 · Leave a comment

Supporting Students With Chronic Trauma | Edutopia

An American investigation into how to de-escalate negative behaviour patterns in young people. Sadly too many colleagues are having to address this issue which is affecting too many students! De-escalation … Continue reading

May 16, 2018 · Leave a comment

London ranked top city for students | BBC News

London has been ranked as the best city in the world for university students. The top 30 rankings for student cities, produced by the QS higher education data analysts, has … Continue reading

May 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Hierarchy of Disagreement – The Best and Worst Argument Techniques | Big Think

A classic essay defines different ways to disagree, from the worst to the best, with lessons that ring true in our divisive times. Read it here: The Hierarchy of Disagreement … Continue reading

May 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

Can you really revise while chatting online? | BBC Education

Can you really revise for exams at the same time as conducting multiple simultaneous conversations on social media? It’s peak season for revision for exams in schools and universities, and … Continue reading

May 8, 2018 · Leave a comment

Creating High Performance Teams

High performance teams can only perform consistently in a culture that allows collaboration, risk taking and critical thinking to thrive. Daniel Goleman gives some insights in how to construct and … Continue reading

May 7, 2018 · Leave a comment

Learning to speak Shakespeare like the actors do | BBC News

Between them Stacey, 14, and Maleeha, 13, speak six languages – now they both speak Shakespeare as well. That’s just as well, as the work of the 16th Century dramatist … Continue reading

May 6, 2018 · Leave a comment

Education Directions in Finland: School Design – Function and Form

Someone recently posted a link to this school design on LinkedIn and wondered when a British School would follow suit. The question was a silly one because a school does … Continue reading

May 2, 2018 · Leave a comment

Academy Chains… Growth and Mutation

Apparently the privatisation of English education, as represented by the growth of Multiple Academy Chains, has hit an additional problem. Apparently they were working on the basis that they could … Continue reading

April 30, 2018 · 1 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

Reality Check: Who controls your data? | BBC News

New rules on personal data come into force in May. Here’s what you need to know. Read about the impacts of GDPR here on the BBC website: Reality Check: Who … Continue reading

April 28, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Myth of the Grammar School…

The claimed benefits are shown to be down to social factors and cherry-picking, says Professor Stephen Gorard, of Durham’s School of Education: Grammar schools do not have better pupil attainment … Continue reading

April 25, 2018 · 1 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

Stuck in the past: the UK needs to produce creative thinkers not exam-passing machines | TheConversation.com

The world is changing fast and education is not equipping children with the kind of minds they are going to need. At the moment, we exist in an education culture … Continue reading

April 18, 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

Walter Smith and Barry Smith on Affective Learning

We tend to think at a number of levels. We can be rational and evaluative, but at key junctures of our live we act intuitively. For example, when in danger … Continue reading

April 11, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Education System: Crusher of Childhood Genius!

What many of us have suspected about the standardised, managerial industrial model of education has been confirmed by a longitudinal NASA study on creativity in children. Effectively the demand for … Continue reading

April 4, 2018 · 1 Comment

The Arts in Our Futures | TheConversation.com

Despite the utilitarian march of governments towards an emphasis on STEM subjects as being the antidote to current Labour Market shortages, the Arts are a critical element in the creativity … Continue reading

March 21, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Timeless Wisdom of Sitting in Rows | teacherhead

Thanks to Ian Yorston for bringing this article to my attention… Some of the strangest debates or memes about education that pop up now and then are about the idea … Continue reading

March 14, 2018 · Leave a comment

Neo Liberalism: the idea that is blighting our futures

An interesting article from the Guardian which explores the impact of neoliberalism on our lives… The word has become a rhetorical weapon, but it properly names the reigning ideology of … Continue reading

March 7, 2018 · Leave a comment

5 Risks Posed by the Increasing Misuse of Technology in Schools | EdSurge

An excellent overview of some fundamental issues regarding the use and abuse of educational technology in schools by Diane Ravitch… As a writer, I was an early convert to the … Continue reading

February 28, 2018 · Leave a comment
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