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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

Making a drama out of a TB crisis | BBC News

In National Capital District, one of the worst affected areas in Port Moresby, 62-year-old Rodney Kove is using drama to teach children about TB. Having studied dance and theatre at … Continue reading

August 19, 2018 · Leave a comment

Why Restorative Practices Benefit All Students | Edutopia

Punitive discipline can be harmful and unfair—restorative practices offer hopeful solutions. Did you know that a significant percentage of the achievement gap between students of color and white students is … Continue reading

August 15, 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

Personalised Learning: It Isn’t All About Technology

Many have trumpeted the evolution of learning technologies as if they, and they alone will enable the development of personalised learning. That is a very restricted view of personalised learning … Continue reading

August 8, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Value of a Teacher Mentor

Edutopia published this great guide to mentoring in the teaching profession – it should be the first thing discussed when a new teacher is appointed… Find that person who challenges, … Continue reading

August 6, 2018 · Leave a comment

Too hot? In 1858 a heatwave turned London into a stinking sewer

Suffering in the hot weather? Spare a thought then for the population of London back in 1858, a year of sky-high temperatures and the Great Stink. That year, the London … Continue reading

August 5, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Link Between Genius and Critical Thinking

MACAT critical thinking shows how leading thinkers used critical thinking in their thought processes… We know them as geniuses, eccentrics, independent spirits, or even rebels. But what they all have … Continue reading

August 1, 2018 · Leave a comment

Reading to and with your children

I once asked on LinkedIn which three pieces of advice teachers would give to parents to apply at home to help their child to learn effectively. When I had sifted … Continue reading

July 25, 2018 · Leave a comment

How Books and Television Affect Your Brain Differently, According to Science

There’s a perception that books are good, while TV is bad. Spend a day curled up with a book and you’re an intellectual, but spend a day watching your favorite … Continue reading

July 18, 2018 · Leave a comment

The marketisation of English schools: students paying the cost of the market

An article from the Guardian on the negative effects bringing schools into a market place for education implemented by the Tory Government. Students are jettisoned in the middle of their … Continue reading

July 15, 2018 · Leave a comment

A Case for Finger Counting | Edutopia

A study published in Frontiers in Education suggests that this may be a mistake because finger counting seems to boost math learning when paired with number games. Read the full … Continue reading

July 11, 2018 · Leave a comment

25 Attention-Getters to Calm A Noisy Classroom | Education to the Core

As teachers, we know the value of having good attention getters to quiet noisy classrooms. I have always wanted a comprehensive list of all of the best attention getters in … Continue reading

July 4, 2018 · Leave a comment

10 Things to Stop Saying to Your Kids (and What to Say Instead)

Current research shows that some of the most commonly used and seemingly positive phrases we use with kids are actually quite destructive. Despite our good intentions, these statements teach children … Continue reading

June 27, 2018 · Leave a comment

Fake news harms children’s self-esteem and trust, say MPs | BBC News

Children with poor literacy skills struggle most to tell which stories are false, says a report. A few weeks ago, Chloe, 13, shared a hoax story about the alleged death of … Continue reading

June 24, 2018 · Leave a comment
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