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Testing 3, 2, 1: Michael Lawrence Calls Out Standardised Education Practice

Like myself, my colleague Michael Lawrence is very taken with the Finnish education system and the reflection and professional thought that has gone into its creation. The welfare and development … Continue reading

July 25, 2022 · Leave a comment

What Fact-Checkers Know About Media Literacy – and Students Should Too | Edutopia

Professional fact-checkers use a strategy that’s at odds with how we usually teach information literacy. Here’s how to pass it on to your students. A fundamental problem, says Sam Wineburg, … Continue reading

July 20, 2022 · Leave a comment

Huge Emotions and the Adolescent Brain | Edutopia

Teachers can use clips from the movie Turning Red to explore with students the ways adolescence changes the brain. Read more here: Huge Emotions and the Adolescent Brain | Edutopia

July 15, 2022 · Leave a comment

If you do one thing to end this school year successfully, watch this seminar.

It has been a long and difficult academic year bringing disruption and challenges which have, between them, thwarted the scope and pace of school development planning. End the year on … Continue reading

July 13, 2022 · Leave a comment

Do Dyslexia Fonts Actually Work? | Edutopia

Specialized fonts for students with dyslexia are gaining in popularity. But they’re based on a key misconception, experts warn. Find out more here: Do Dyslexia Fonts Actually Work? | Edutopia

July 13, 2022 · Leave a comment

3 Key Areas for Educators to Reflect on This Summer | Edutopia

As the year ends, high school teachers and administrators can assess their schools’ traditions, celebrations, and student leadership practices. As we considered which traditions to bring back from before the … Continue reading

July 6, 2022 · Leave a comment

Critical Mass: Forces for Change in Education Worldwide

I have been much heartened over the previous months by conversations I have had with educators worldwide who are rejecting the premise of current educational models. Increasingly they are putting … Continue reading

July 4, 2022 · Leave a comment

How Music Primes Students for Learning | Edutopia

To reap the benefits of music on learning, kids need consistent and abundant musical practice, according to the latest cognitive research. What makes music learning so powerful is how it … Continue reading

June 29, 2022 · Leave a comment

Insights into the Parent Relationship with School and Learning from Liz Keable

I found a conversation started recently by Liz Keable on LinkedIn very insightful regarding the relationship of the parent and the school in supporting learning of the individual child. Improving … Continue reading

June 27, 2022 · Leave a comment

Bringing Environmental Action into the Classroom with Quality Resources | Transform Our World

A new hub of free, practical, curriculum-linked resources to help teachers empower students to think globally and act locally. Explore them here: Bringing Environmental Action into the Classroom with Quality … Continue reading

June 24, 2022 · Leave a comment

Creating a Classroom That Is Student, not Teacher, Driven: An Excerpt from ‘Teach More, Hover Less’ | Edutopia

Teachers can take a step back and create lessons that put student explorations at the centre of learning. A classroom free of micromanagement is not driven by a task-oriented approach. … Continue reading

June 22, 2022 · Leave a comment

The International Teacher Recruitment and Retainment Crisis

There has always been a ‘churn’ rate in teachers in school… a rate at which teachers entered and left the profession, many after the first few years of teaching. When … Continue reading

June 20, 2022 · Leave a comment

Disruptive Teenage Learners

June 17, 2022 · Leave a comment

A Curriculum for the Future…

What at first sight may appear to be a rather Utopian mission statement for a forward-looking school is in fact nothing of the kind. This is the pre-amble to the … Continue reading

June 13, 2022 · Leave a comment

I Did. You Can: The Phil Crompton Interviews

I was both flattered and inspired to be asked by my old friend, Phil Crompton to take part in his series of interviews with people he considered to be ‘movers … Continue reading

June 10, 2022 · Leave a comment

Empathy Is The Most Important Leadership Skill According To Research | Forbes #EmpathyDay

You always knew demonstrating empathy is positive for people, but new research demonstrates its importance for everything from innovation to retention. Leaders don’t have to be experts in mental health … Continue reading

June 9, 2022 · Leave a comment

Six Strategies for Building Empathy in the Classroom #EmpathyDay

Showing empathy can help teachers better understand and support students. Learn how you can incorporate this skill in your classroom. Source: Six Strategies for Building Empathy in the Classroom

June 9, 2022 · Leave a comment

The psychologist Carl Rogers and the art of active listening | Aeon #EmpathyDay

To listen well is not only a kindness to others but also, as the psychologist Carl Rogers made clear, a gift to ourselves. What Rogers learnt was that listening well … Continue reading

June 9, 2022 · Leave a comment

How Project-Based Learning Can Teach Empathy in School | Edutopia #EmpathyDay

When PBL is personal to students, it can provide more than just content knowledge – it can also foster important connections. All communities have unique histories that can enlighten and … Continue reading

June 9, 2022 · Leave a comment

Building the Curriculum of the Future: Can you help? An Appeal to Education Leaders Worldwide

Noting the general malaise in education reported in the Western world I’m keen to explore solutions. In the past, the standard response to widespread teacher dissatisfaction has been a pay … Continue reading

June 8, 2022 · Leave a comment

Empathy Day 2022 | Activity and Curriculum Ideas | Teachwire

How to embed empathy throughout your school. Find helpful resources ahead of June 9th 2022 here: Empathy Day 2022 | Activity and Curriculum Ideas | Teachwire

June 3, 2022 · Leave a comment

COMING SOON! Empathy Day 2022 | EmpathyLab

Empathy Day is 9 June 2022. On Empathy Day, EmpathyLab runs events and activities to help children read, connect and act using empathy. Authors, illustrators, schools, libraries, and families across … Continue reading

June 3, 2022 · Leave a comment

Recovering from Learning Loss: Opportunity in a Crisis

The Coronavirus has given schools some daunting challenges, not least of which is the learning time lost due to illness and closed schools during the pandemic. There is an urgent … Continue reading

May 30, 2022 · Leave a comment

Interoceptive Input and Sensory Processing Disorder

This issue is beyond my expertise and experience, but I include it to show how our growing understanding of the science and neuroscience of life and learning has the ability … Continue reading

May 27, 2022 · Leave a comment

3 Secrets of Fantastic Writing Instruction | Brain Waves Instruction

I like to spend a class period or two devoted to giving students an opportunity to determine a topic and begin to plan out their first draft.  It’s important to … Continue reading

May 18, 2022 · Leave a comment

Transformational Change: From Random School Initiative to Capacity Building and Whole-School Cultural Development

  An initiative is needed in your school. It might be needed to plug a deficiency identified internally, or, more alarmingly, in response to a critical report. Most usually the … Continue reading

May 17, 2022 · Leave a comment

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