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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

Militant tenderness: how teachers are rooting out sexism in school | The Guardian

Skinhead English teacher ‘Mr Pink’ is one of many finding ways to stop stereotypes sticking, even among the smallest children. Often it’s about as little as being relentlessly polite – … Continue reading

October 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

Taking Notes By Hand May Be Better Than Digitally, Researchers Say | NPR

Researchers Pam Mueller and Daniel M Oppenheimer found that students remember more via taking notes longhand rather than on a laptop. It has to do with what happens when you’re … Continue reading

October 3, 2018 · 1 Comment

Students with Anxiety – Some Advice

By all accounts students are feeling record levels of anxiety in their daily lives which makes succeeding in school that much more difficult. Here is some timely advice for the … Continue reading

September 26, 2018 · Leave a comment

How do you improve schools? Start by coaching principals, says new study

It is good to see that my new book on future-proofing schools by focusing on the qualities of leadership appears to be on the money… this US study seems to … Continue reading

September 19, 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

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

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

Going back to school in a war zone | BBC News

It’s back to school – but for millions the prospect of another school year will not mean new books, bags and subjects. It will be a struggle to get an … Continue reading

September 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Limitations of Screen-based Learning

An interesting philosophical article pleading for more experiential learning which engages all of the senses rather than the replacement of class-based learning with a screen-based experience. Thank you Graham Brown-Martin … Continue reading

September 5, 2018 · Leave a comment

Some thoughts on ideas to bin for the new academic year!

Thanks to Ross Morrison McGill for these quite refreshing ideas on ideas and practices we could do without in the future… 9 Teaching Ideas to Bin in 2018 | TeacherToolkit

September 3, 2018 · Leave a comment

John Hattie on Verbose Teachers…

I know I have been guilty of talking too much in classrooms, initially because I mistakenly thought that my role was to teach, rather than enable learning. John Hattie shows … Continue reading

August 29, 2018 · Leave a comment

Professional Development Deficiencies: An International Perspective

I’m writing a book in which this is a key theme and found this article very supportive of my experience of the shortcomings of professional development programmes… How often does … Continue reading

August 22, 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
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