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The Place of the Arts in the Curriculum

In all the clamour for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) in the curriculum, Arts subjects are increasingly marginalised. Sometimes it feels like they are regarded as ‘the icing’ on … Continue reading

January 22, 2020 · 3 Comments

Battling Decision Fatigue | Edutopia

When you’re teaching reading, focusing on these three questions can help you conserve your mental energy. A good way to triumph over decision fatigue is to focus on the decisions … Continue reading

January 15, 2020 · 1 Comment

Project-Based Learning: Some Hiccups Along the Way

This blog has long advocated Project Based Learning (PBL) as a key conduit towards creating a 21st century curriculum in schools. PBL is the basis for transforming a teacher led … Continue reading

December 2, 2019 · Leave a comment

Edutopia and the George Lucas Education Foundation

One of our favourite go-to sites to catch up with innovative thinking is the George Lucas Foundation’s Edutopia. For someone who could conceive of the Star Wars universe, it was … Continue reading

November 22, 2019 · Leave a comment

Finland’s Formula for School Success

Whenever some latest report or statistics are published which outlines some shortcoming in learning and teaching in the UK I always look for inspiration from the experience of the Scandinavian … Continue reading

November 15, 2019 · 3 Comments

Debunking the Dyslexia / IQ Myth

In other recent posts I’ve outlined the changes in definition of differences in learning brought about by neuroscience research. Increasingly, the traditional deficit descriptions applied to children who did not … Continue reading

October 25, 2019 · Leave a comment

Honing Students’ Speaking Skills | Edutopia

Some guidelines for teaching all students to speak credibly and confidently—an essential skill for college and career success. Read the article here: Honing Students’ Speaking Skills | Edutopia

October 16, 2019 · Leave a comment

Neuroscience, Behaviour and Motivation

Our friends at Edutopia, and Judy Willis in particular, have put together this short paper on using neuroscientific principles to ensure that students are engaged and motivated across the span … Continue reading

October 9, 2019 · Leave a comment

Learning Processes: Respond, Reflect, Review

A major strand in the development of learning will be seismic changes in the purposes and processes of assessment. This process is already underway. There is increasing disillusion with summative … Continue reading

October 4, 2019 · Leave a comment

Accommodating Students with Dyslexia | Edutopia

For many of us, reading is as automatic as breathing. But for the millions of students with dyslexia, reading is a difficult task that poses constant academic and emotional challenges. … Continue reading

October 2, 2019 · Leave a comment

What’s Lost When We Rush Kids Through Childhood

A reductionist approach in many western nations has meant an undue emphasis on developing reading, writing and arithmetic as the foundations of success in learning. This in turn has led … Continue reading

September 25, 2019 · Leave a comment

Empowering Students to Curb Bullying | Edutopia

Standing up to bullying can be frightening, but students can use these low-risk strategies to support peers who are bullied. Read the article here: Empowering Students to Curb Bullying | … Continue reading

September 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

8 Proactive Classroom Management Tips for New Teachers | Edutopia

New teachers — and experienced ones too — can find ideas here on how to stop disruptive behavior before it begins. In the 1950s, psychologists Jacob Kounin and Paul Gump … Continue reading

September 4, 2019 · 2 Comments

Thought For The Day: For All New Term Newbies!

September 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

60-Second Strategy: 7-Minute Writes | YouTube

Looking for a simple way to get your students writing? Try a low-stakes timed exercise.

August 16, 2019 · Leave a comment

Helping Students Use Improvement Plans to Develop Self-Regulation | Edutopia

Guiding students to create on an ongoing cycle of growth in self-regulation starts with having them set explicit goals for themselves. Self-regulation is a skill that takes a long time … Continue reading

August 14, 2019 · Leave a comment

SLANT Listening

The problem with listening is that too many people listen, simply with the intention of finding the gap with which to interject their own opinions. Deep listening, when you are … Continue reading

August 9, 2019 · 2 Comments

5 Ways to Get Girls into STEM | Edutopia

Engineering consultant and author Karen Purcell stresses the importance of capturing young girls’ interest in STEM subjects and career paths, offering five strategies to make this happen. …the lack of … Continue reading

August 7, 2019 · Leave a comment

The Value of the Comic Book Format in Learning

I recently waxed lyrical about a piece of software I’ve worked with over the last decade called Comic Life. It is the simplest and most powerful piece of software I’ve … Continue reading

August 5, 2019 · Leave a comment

Reluctant Adopters and Technology Initiatives | Edutopia

Addressing the valid concerns teachers have about new tech tools helps them accept change and builds positive relationships. When school leaders decide to start a new technology project—whether it’s a small … Continue reading

July 24, 2019 · Leave a comment

Flexible Classrooms: Research Is Scarce, But Promising | Edutopia

An ambitious study of 153 classrooms in the United Kingdom provides the best evidence that flexible spaces can boost academic performance. Read the full article here: Flexible Classrooms: Research Is … Continue reading

July 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

7 Outstanding K–8 Flexible Classrooms | Edutopia

K–8 educators from across America provide a peek at their classrooms—and explain how they managed the transformations. See the full article here: 7 Outstanding K–8 Flexible Classrooms | Edutopia

July 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

Reflections on Shifting to a Flexible Classroom | Edutopia

A middle school teacher shares the benefits of giving students voice and choice in their learning environment. Read the full article here: Reflections on Shifting to a Flexible Classroom | Edutopia

July 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

19 Big and Small Classroom Management Strategies | Edutopia

The year I started teaching seventh- to twelfth-grade English in Minneapolis, Prince launched his song about urban ruin, “Sign o’ the Times.” That song was an apt musical backdrop for … Continue reading

June 26, 2019 · Leave a comment

Burnout Isn’t Inevitable | Edutopia

Teachers are stressed – but schools can help. Lead author Keith Herman, a psychology professor, and his University of Missouri colleagues found that “the high stress levels reported by nearly … Continue reading

June 12, 2019 · Leave a comment

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