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September 27, 2019 · Leave a comment

The Pyramid of Learning – Sensory Integration

When people, particularly politicians, speak of learning related to schools, they adopt a very narrow definition of learning. Essentially they talking about curriculum, and that is effectively about the content … Continue reading

September 23, 2019 · Leave a comment

Social Exhaustion… Be Mindful

Symptoms and solutions to the phenomena of social exhaustion and how to deal with them. Some useful ideas for the new term.

September 20, 2019 · Leave a comment

Child Development Stages – Charlotte Davies | Fit-2-Learn

Thank you to Charlotte Davies, a Director of Fit-2-Learn, who shared this useful infographic on child development. It outlines and integrates the various stages children need to go through in their … Continue reading

September 2, 2019 · 1 Comment

Plutchik’s Wheel of Emotions – 2017 Update | Six Seconds

Plutchik‘s wheel of emotions helps you visualize the spectrum of emotions and how they relate to each other – a great tool for enhancing emotional literacy. Source: Plutchik’s Wheel of … Continue reading

August 30, 2019 · 1 Comment

Helping to Develop Emotional Intelligence: ‘I Feel’ – Emotional Word Wheel

The ‘I Feel’ – Emotional Word Wheel above gives a graphical representation of the range of moods that may be exhibited by a child and each element of the wheel give … Continue reading

August 26, 2019 · Leave a comment

Neurodiversity: Exploring Some Realities

I can thoroughly commend the work of Professor Amanda Kirby in developing the term ‘neurodiversity’ to characterise the wide range of conditions previously held under the ‘autism spectrum disorders’. It … Continue reading

August 19, 2019 · Leave a comment

Dyslexia: A Positive Insight

It is so refreshing to see a positive take on issues related to dyslexia. For all the difficulties in handling social situations, and managing number and literacy, there are insights … Continue reading

July 19, 2019 · Leave a comment

The Learning Pyramid – Teach What You Learn

In this example of the cone of learning and retention, the flat figure has been transposed into a pyramid and the suggestion is that the volume of each layer graphically … Continue reading

July 12, 2019 · Leave a comment

Differences Between Leadership and Management in Schools

I speak often about the quality of leadership in schools. Often I’m highlighting an imbalance between the leadership and the management roles of the headteacher. There has been a shift … Continue reading

July 8, 2019 · Leave a comment

The Make-Up of Neuro-Diverse Conditions: Symptoms, Signs and Overlaps

I find this helpful infographic by Mary Colley really helpful in understanding the landscape of neuro-diverse conditions and how they overlap. Discussion of these conditions and their impact on the … Continue reading

July 5, 2019 · Leave a comment

Workload Reduction Made Simple

In a nutshell this is all you need to know about workload reduction. An interesting conversation I’ve had with many teachers has been with regards to when they end projects … Continue reading

June 24, 2019 · 3 Comments

Communication and Learning Effectiveness – Insights and Words of Caution

I am indebted to Daniel Sobel for recounting this most valuable piece of research from Edgar Dale which has been in circulation since the late 1960s and yet which does … Continue reading

June 22, 2019 · 3 Comments

Blended Learning: Some Considerations

How do we take advantage of educational technology in learning? This infographic gives some consideration to the parameters that need to be addressed. In many classrooms, the rather unsubtle reality … Continue reading

June 14, 2019 · Leave a comment

The Dimensions of School Leadership

Thank To Andrew Howard for sharing this infographic regarding the dimensions of leadership required from a modern school leader. It rings true with my experience. In my new book Future … Continue reading

June 10, 2019 · Leave a comment

7 Traits of Effective Teachers

Thank you to Ross Morrison McGill for sharing this… Demming reconstituted, and why not, teachers are managers of learning, of inspiration and themselves!

June 7, 2019 · Leave a comment

Active Listening

May 31, 2019 · Leave a comment

Coaching vs Training

I think that Continuous Professional Development for teachers is in as much of a state of malaise as the teacher in the classroom. The root cause in both circumstances is … Continue reading

May 22, 2019 · Leave a comment

Explaining ADHD to Teachers | ADDitude

For teachers with a poor grasp of ADHD, they tend to deal with the outward behavioural manifestations as ‘behavioural issues’ without understanding, or coming to grips with, the underlying triggers … Continue reading

May 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

A Model For School Leadership

Whether you are running a group of schools or have just taken on your first middle leadership role, the job is basically the same. David Pendleton (2012) in his Primary Colours model … Continue reading

May 10, 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

Masking Behaviours

Thanks to our friends at GoZen! for this timely insight into behaviours and what might be underlying them: 8 Ways A Child’s Anxiety Shows Up as Something Else | GoZen!

May 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

Social Justice in Your School: Aim For Liberation

Where is the focus on social justice in your school? This question goes beyond the issue of Equal Opportunities as it addresses the cultural drivers of your school – the … Continue reading

April 29, 2019 · Leave a comment
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