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Thought For The Day: Teachers as Foundation Stones of Society

July 7, 2020 · Leave a comment

‘Skills, skills, skills’ for recovery, says Halfon | BBC News

Apprenticeships must be “front and centre” of plans to boost skills in the post-Covid recovery, says Robert Halfon, chair of the Education Select Committee. But he wants the funding levy … Continue reading

July 2, 2020 · Leave a comment

10 Things Great School Leaders Do Over the Summer | Edutopia

Strategies school leaders can use to reflect and prepare to make the next school year successful. Great school leaders aren’t measured by how much they accomplish from August to June, but rather, … Continue reading

July 1, 2020 · Leave a comment

Designing Learning Units

Perhaps the Covid-19 crisis has had you devoting more time to lesson and unit design recently. If you are unlucky, you will have concentrated purely on knowledge transmission which tends … Continue reading

June 29, 2020 · Leave a comment

Distance Learning FAQ: Solving Teachers’ and Students’ Common Problems | Edutopia

Lessons learned from problems during remote learning can help inform teaching and learning this fall. Read the full article here: Distance Learning FAQ: Solving Teachers’ and Students’ Common Problems | … Continue reading

June 24, 2020 · Leave a comment

Coronavirus: What can the ‘plague village’ of Eyam teach us?

Can the English “plague village” of Eyam, which quarantined itself for more than a year, offer us lessons on how to fight back? Can 21st Century science learn anything from … Continue reading

June 22, 2020 · Leave a comment

The Science Behind Brain Breaks | Edutopia

Research shows that breaks can provide more than rest. Use them to boost creativity, cognitive function, and social skills. Read more here: The Science Behind Brain Breaks | Edutopia   … Continue reading

June 17, 2020 · Leave a comment

Learning and Schools post Covid-19 Paper for Global Citizenship Foundation

I recently had an invitation to contribute to a webinar organised by the Global Citizenship Foundation on the subject of the shape of education post-Covid-19. Here is the paper generated: … Continue reading

June 15, 2020 · 1 Comment

Global Citizenship Foundation

I was very pleased to have been invited to join the panel on Education Beyond Covid-19 organised by the Global Citizenship Foundation. It was quite difficult maintaining a train of … Continue reading

June 9, 2020 · Leave a comment

Getting Ready to Teach in K-12 Schools Next Year | Edutopia

There’s a lot of uncertainty about the 2020–21 school year, but planning for a mix of remote and in-person instruction will help educators be ready. As we move beyond crisis management … Continue reading

June 3, 2020 · Leave a comment

If We Want Bookworms, We Need to Get Beyond Leveled Reading | Edutopia

When it comes to nurturing kids’ love of reading, research suggests variety, choice—and encouragement to stretch—can make a difference. Matching kids with “just right” books—texts they can read comfortably—has been … Continue reading

June 3, 2020 · Leave a comment

Nordic Schools and the Nordic Teaching Model

I was delighted to have been invited to join the Nordic Schools network. I’ve leaned heavily on the Scandinavian experience of educational development. I think their experiences are instructive because … Continue reading

June 1, 2020 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Educational Purpose

There’s no such thing as neutral education. Education either functions as an instrument to bring about conformity or freedom. — Paulo Freire

May 31, 2020 · Leave a comment

Principles of Giving Good Feedback

As part of Ross Morrison McGill’s TeacherToolkit series, he outlines the guiding principles behind good feedback. Guidance on giving good and effective feedback is lamentably under-developed in schools and tends … Continue reading

May 29, 2020 · Leave a comment

Summative Assessment in Distance Learning | Edutopia

Whether schools are using regular grades or not, teachers need to accurately assess learning while their students are at home. These are some helpful ideas to consider from Andrew Miller … Continue reading

May 27, 2020 · Leave a comment

How to Do Formative Assessment in Distance Learning | Edutopia

Formative assessment at a distance is challenging but possible, and we still need to check for understanding and provide meaningful feedback. The practices we use will look and sound different … Continue reading

May 27, 2020 · Leave a comment

4 Key Aspects of Teaching a K–12 Online Class | Edutopia

What an educator with experience teaching online has learned about structuring students’ online and offline experiences and how to provide feedback to keep the learning going. Read the article here: … Continue reading

May 22, 2020 · Leave a comment

Collaborations: The Way Forward in School Improvement

I was very taken with this graphic when I saw it on a post of one of my LinkedIn colleagues. It seemed to perfectly sum up my conception of a … Continue reading

May 20, 2020 · Leave a comment

Teachers vilified as UK government tries to force opening of schools without adequate protection for pupils and staff…

From heroes to villains in a few days… like other public sector and key workers, teachers have been lauded for keeping schools open to a limited extent to care for … Continue reading

May 18, 2020 · Leave a comment

Chartered College of Teachers report on the impact of Covid 19

I found this report from the Chartered College of Teachers a useful read on supporting students through Covid19: Education in the time of crisis: The potential implications of school closures … Continue reading

May 15, 2020 · Leave a comment

Inspirational Stories From Teachers During Covid-19

In the weeks that followed the announcement that schools would closing, social media has been buzzing with posts and photos using the hashtag #homeschooling While some show brilliant parents delivering … Continue reading

May 13, 2020 · Leave a comment

Space to Learn: “To Burp or Not to Burp: A Guide to the Body in Space” with surgeon and astronaut Dave Williams

FREE Live Interactive Astronaut Show This Tuesday Dave Williams Astronaut, Brain and Heart Surgeon Joins Space to Learn. To Burp or Not to Burp: A Guide to the Body in … Continue reading

May 11, 2020 · Leave a comment

Beyond the Virus: Planning for a Better Learning Future in Your School

Now that we are well into the delivery of learning during the virus, it might be the opportune time to be thinking about and planning for the ‘new normal’ for … Continue reading

May 11, 2020 · Leave a comment

The Neuroscience Behind Productive Struggle | Edutopia

Challenging tasks spur the production of myelin, a substance that increases the strength of brain signals. We sometimes treat learning like a switch that is turned on or off—either students … Continue reading

May 6, 2020 · Leave a comment

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