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Children with Sensory Disorders – The Signs Are There If We Look Closely

Children with sensory disorders exhibit consistent patterns of behaviours. As teachers we may not observe the pattern or join the dots of the behaviour into a pattern. Thanks again to … Continue reading

December 13, 2019 · Leave a comment

Emotional Intelligence: Towards an Operational Definition For Learning

Many thanks to Daniel Sobel for bringing this table based on work by Daniel Goleman back to my attention. I first read it when completing the National Professional Qualification for … Continue reading

December 6, 2019 · 1 Comment

Revision: The Acquisition, Retention and Recall of Information For Examinations

Sometimes the simplest ideas are the most insightful. This one came via Jon Tait on Linked In and he recognised something I noticed when students are revising. Often they spend … Continue reading

November 29, 2019 · Leave a comment

Labelling Learners: The Effects, Intended and Unintended

I am again indebted to Professor Amanda Kirby and Dr Mary Cleaton of Do-It Solutions for this really clear exposition of the pros and cons of labelling in the field … Continue reading

November 27, 2019 · 2 Comments

Calm the Chaos: Beneath the Surface of Misbehaviour

Reproduced with the kind permission of: Calm the Chaos Workshop.com It has been noted elsewhere that in their absence of choice and compliance culture, the use of uniform and uniformity, … Continue reading

October 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

Anxiety & I

Via: Anxiety & I on Facebook

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

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