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How Books and Television Affect Your Brain Differently, According to Science

There’s a perception that books are good, while TV is bad. Spend a day curled up with a book and you’re an intellectual, but spend a day watching your favorite … Continue reading

July 18, 2018 · Leave a comment

A Case for Finger Counting | Edutopia

A study published in Frontiers in Education suggests that this may be a mistake because finger counting seems to boost math learning when paired with number games. Read the full … Continue reading

July 11, 2018 · Leave a comment

25 Attention-Getters to Calm A Noisy Classroom | Education to the Core

As teachers, we know the value of having good attention getters to quiet noisy classrooms. I have always wanted a comprehensive list of all of the best attention getters in … Continue reading

July 4, 2018 · Leave a comment

10 Things to Stop Saying to Your Kids (and What to Say Instead)

Current research shows that some of the most commonly used and seemingly positive phrases we use with kids are actually quite destructive. Despite our good intentions, these statements teach children … Continue reading

June 27, 2018 · Leave a comment

Destination Dystopia…

In 2001 I was involved in taking young graduate engineers from Marconi, into Nottinghamshire schools as part of the SETNET programme for developing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics into schools. … Continue reading

June 11, 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

Lesson Planning 101 | Ac-Ed

Originally posted on ace-d:
? It may appear simple to say that there has to be a beginning, middle and end but is important that we do not miss any…

April 29, 2018 · Leave a comment

Narrow vocabulary hits pupils grades | BBC News

Research suggests four out of 10 pupils in their first year of secondary have limited vocabulary. Monosyllabic adolescents may be nothing new, but the latest research suggests a big chunk … Continue reading

April 22, 2018 · 1 Comment

Potential Signs of a Sensory Processing Disorder in Learners

This goes under the heading  of looking for patterns in behaviours…

April 20, 2018 · Leave a comment

Teachers And Those Magical OK Go Videos: A Match Made In Science? | NPR

If you’re a rock band, and thousands of teachers and students are using your hugely popular music videos in the classroom, why not help them out? Sure, OK Go is … Continue reading

April 13, 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

The Timeless Wisdom of Sitting in Rows | teacherhead

Thanks to Ian Yorston for bringing this article to my attention… Some of the strangest debates or memes about education that pop up now and then are about the idea … Continue reading

March 14, 2018 · Leave a comment

Education and the Fourth Industrial Revolution | Learning {Re}imagined | Medium

A fascinating article from Graham Brown Martin on the impact of technology on learning… Learning to thrive in a transforming world. Read the full article here: Education and the Fourth … Continue reading

February 14, 2018 · Leave a comment

Attachment Disorders – The Difficult-to-Teach Child

One of the things that really distressed me as a teacher was that such was the clamour to delivery curriculum content, the specific learning needs of the child were often … Continue reading

February 12, 2018 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: The Thing Your Students Need Most

February 6, 2018 · 1 Comment

Tony Swainston on a Positive Mindset

My online friend Tony Swainston has some useful advice about Mindset for learners and teachers in his new book: Read more here, where you can download a 5 page extract from … Continue reading

January 24, 2018 · Leave a comment

How to Discipline Without Stress, Punishment, or Rewards | ThoughtCo

How can we discipline students, so we as teachers can do our jobs and teach these young children who refuse to learn? People are not changed by other people. People can … Continue reading

January 17, 2018 · Leave a comment

Free Printables Archives | WeAreTeachers.com

Free printables and free downloads for your classroom! You won’t want to miss these free teacher resources that you and your students will love. Make your teacher life easier with … Continue reading

January 12, 2018 · Leave a comment

Careers of Passion

An interesting article validating research that most teachers could confirm from their own experience… that passion is as important as subject knowledge in supporting young people in developing excellent careers. … Continue reading

December 6, 2017 · 1 Comment

Restorative Justice: Suspensions Don’t Teach

The pathway to escalating responses to poor behaviour in schools is when all in-house methods have been exhausted, or when a single incident has been seen to be of a … Continue reading

November 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

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

Compassion as a Classroom Tool: an article by Andrea Marshbank

If the first year of teaching leads you to a single conclusion, it should be this… that being fair is more important than being right. Too many new entrants to … Continue reading

November 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

Close Reading – Read Like a Detective

WeAreTeachers have created two posters – one for teachers and one for students – that explain close reading in more detail. Source: Understanding Close Reading: Download our Infographic Now! | … Continue reading

November 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

A Skill Strong Readers Share | Edutopia

Metacognition helps readers analyze texts as they read, and it’s a skill you can teach your students. Read all about it here: A Skill Strong Readers Share | Edutopia

November 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

Visualizing 21st-Century Classroom Design | Edutopia

These five steps are essential in creating a 21st-century classroom: establishing zones, ensuring resource accessibility, encouraging mobility, igniting inspiration, and fostering respect. Source: Visualizing 21st-Century Classroom Design | Edutopia

October 16, 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

Conflict Resolution and Restorative Justice

When first appointed to the leadership team of an inner city school, I was struck by the abrasiveness of relationships and recourse to abuse and violence amongst the students. Too … Continue reading

October 9, 2017 · Leave a comment
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