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7 Deadly School Sins | TeacherToolkit

  I was amazed in the course of my school career about how much time was spent in busy work. Things which were done without question, and with little effectiveness. … Continue reading

February 13, 2019 · Leave a comment

Future Learning Models – An End to Curriculum!

Seymour Papert was seeing it clearly two decades ago. The pace of change in knowledge is so fast that it is meaningless to build a curriculum on a foundation of … Continue reading

February 11, 2019 · 1 Comment

Future Proof Your School 1: Why School INSET persistently fails to raise teaching and learning standards

I would preface my remarks here by saying that the basis for my observations in this article come from practice in the UK. However, conversations with colleagues in Australia, Canada … Continue reading

January 22, 2019 · 2 Comments

Feedback and the folly of book marking for teachers and students alike

Thanks to Jon Tait for this little insight into a debate that has been going on for generations in education. When I started teaching, I had an expectation, developed from … Continue reading

January 20, 2019 · Leave a comment

Scaffolding Discussion: Socratic Method

If ever there was a time when students need to know how to conduct a discussion in a rational evidence based way then it is now. Web 2.0 has allowed … Continue reading

December 19, 2018 · Leave a comment

Future Proof Your School: Steering Culture, Driving School Improvement and Developing Excellence

I’ve been working with Critical Publishing in putting together a series of books on education leadership and learning. The books focus on change management at the level of culture. and … Continue reading

December 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

Classroom Rules… Some Reasons Not to Have Them by David Tow | Edutopia

I’ve always thought the way forward is the self-regulated classroom where the rules come not from discipline enforced on the students, but from self-discipline displayed by them. This also highlights … Continue reading

November 28, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Best Lessons… Accidents, Design and Spontaneity!

Some of the worst lessons I have taught have been those which I prepared in greatest detail. Like the battle plans that did not survive the first engagement with the … Continue reading

November 19, 2018 · Leave a comment

I’m researching a book on examination preparation … can you help?

I’m currently researching a book I’ve been commissioned to write regarding the preparation of students for examinations. I’m reluctant to use the term ‘revision’ as it is the dichotomy between … Continue reading

November 16, 2018 · 3 Comments

Giving Learners Responsibility in Class

I like this idea, which is an extension of what goes on informally in most classrooms. I would want the roles to be rotated, with each role holder briefing the … Continue reading

November 5, 2018 · 1 Comment

Building Future Learning Models

Thanks to Innovative Global Education for this template to help develop new and challenging templates for learning units. When teachers work together to develop new modules, and even better, collaborate … Continue reading

October 19, 2018 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Future Learning

October 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

Personalised Learning: It Isn’t All About Technology

Many have trumpeted the evolution of learning technologies as if they, and they alone will enable the development of personalised learning. That is a very restricted view of personalised learning … Continue reading

August 8, 2018 · Leave a comment

TV and Video in the Classroom: The Distance Travelled

It is many years ago that I had my first brush with television technology in the classroom. I was in the last year in primary school and at 10.45 in … Continue reading

July 2, 2018 · Leave a comment

The What and How of Flipped Learning

An interesting blog post from WIZIQ on the ideas behind the concept of Flipped Learning… Teachers crave to see all their students participating enthusiastically in the class. Instructors adopting flipped … Continue reading

June 20, 2018 · Leave a comment

Crafting Feedback That Leads to Learning

I remember, when on teaching practise, hearing horror stories of student teachers having to submit a planning book and a set of marked books every week to a mentor for … Continue reading

May 28, 2018 · Leave a comment

An Overview of a 21st Century Curriculum

Andrew Churches published this overview a few years back on edorigami.wikispaces.com and it stands today as a model for 21st century learning.  We first shared it on this blog back … Continue reading

April 23, 2018 · Leave a comment

Attention Please! Getting on Task

You may be surprised at what I am going to share with you today, but it has serious focus and purpose. It has been traditional to think of the teacher … Continue reading

April 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

Micro-learning Explained

Whilst completing my teacher training certificate we were introduced to the concept of micro-teaching. It was a daunting experience as we had to deliver a ten minute lesson in the … Continue reading

January 22, 2018 · Leave a comment

Learning Strategies That Work

A great piece in the Guardian by Carl Hendrick that links principles to practise in the classroom. He also debunks some high workload / low impact elements present in many … Continue reading

December 13, 2017 · 2 Comments

Some Principles in Designing Learning Spaces – Rosen Bosch

When working on the Building Schools for the Future programme we always used to talk about learning spaces, even when teachers talked about classrooms. The standard classroom can be a … Continue reading

November 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

Neuroscience should be taught to all teachers to help pupils learn | TES.com

An interesting academic study, recorded in the TES, recounting the need to make teachers more aware of the science of learning so that they can help promote better learning methodologies … Continue reading

October 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

Building Schools for the Future in Finland

Building Schools for the Future was a British Labour government initiative to accelerate innovation and rebuild the learning as well as the building architecture of British schools. It was a … Continue reading

October 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Layout of Your Classroom Determines the Effectiveness of the Learning

To return to an earlier theme regarding the paucity of learning vision of many heads, this often manifests itself with regards to learning architecture and classroom furniture. Too often the … Continue reading

October 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

Flipping Your Classroom

Flipped classrooms reverse the usual function of the classroom as a learning space. Instead of the pace and direction of learning being teacher led, the learners begin to manage their … Continue reading

September 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

Montessori Secondary School: Teachers as Guides

The Montessori educational philosophy is well established at primary level as a child development focussed philosophy of letting children discover their own interests  and develop at a pace appropriate to the … Continue reading

June 28, 2017 · 1 Comment

Classroom Design and Learning Outcomes

  When I was involved in the Building Schools for the Future programme in England I was often disheartened at the engagement with Headteachers when their school had been selected … Continue reading

September 26, 2016 · Leave a comment
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