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Thought For The Day: Bad Kids?

December 8, 2020 · Leave a comment

The Problem with the Education System

This short cartoon originally came appended to an article on examinations. I thought it was profound enough to merit a place of its own as a statement about the root … Continue reading

November 11, 2020 · Leave a comment

Appreciating Autism and the Spectrum

I’ve always had difficulty explaining many ideas in terms of a line which ends as a pair of poles. Life, history and autism is usually more complicated than that. I’ve … Continue reading

August 28, 2020 · Leave a comment

A Neuroscience Game-Changer: Connectivity Issues and Learning Difficulties

  I’ve spoken before about the disconnect between neuroscience research, with its complexity and nuance, and practical guidance for educators. A new report on the source of learning difficulties has … Continue reading

March 11, 2020 · Leave a comment

Re-purposing Learning for Examinations

As teachers, we tend to be more about the WHAT rather than the HOW of learning. No point in a child’s learning journey is more critical to their future than … Continue reading

February 19, 2020 · Leave a comment

Just in Time for the Examination Preparation Period: Re-Examining Success by David Hughes

This is the new flyer to accompany my recently-released book: a systematic and learner-friendly way of digitising revision. There is a whole section on digitising revision and also making revision … Continue reading

February 13, 2020 · Leave a comment

Commoditising Children: The link between exclusion and social ills as reported by Barnardo’s

One of the by products of the move to academisation in England has been the growth in the number of students at risk of, or experiencing exclusion. Prior to the … Continue reading

October 30, 2019 · Leave a comment

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

Dyslexia: A Positive Insight

It is so refreshing to see a positive take on issues related to dyslexia. For all the difficulties in handling social situations, and managing number and literacy, there are insights … Continue reading

July 19, 2019 · Leave a comment

The Make-Up of Neuro-Diverse Conditions: Symptoms, Signs and Overlaps

I find this helpful infographic by Mary Colley really helpful in understanding the landscape of neuro-diverse conditions and how they overlap. Discussion of these conditions and their impact on the … Continue reading

July 5, 2019 · Leave a comment

The Ultimate ADHD Toolkit for Parents and Teachers | ADDitude

This Executive Function Worksheet provides a simple outline of the primary executive functions and the learning issues associated with performing, or failing to perform them effectively. This is offered as … Continue reading

May 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

Metacognition: Executive Functions and Learning

Rather than monitoring a child’s learning by what they know in terms of knowledge, early years teachers tend to focus on the child’s ability to learn independently and these executive … Continue reading

March 4, 2019 · Leave a comment

Helping Students With ADHD Concentrate

If you have had students with ADHD in your class, you will appreciate the difficulties in getting them to focus and apply themselves to a task in hand. For some … Continue reading

August 13, 2018 · Leave a comment

Dyspraxia Checklist For Teachers and Parents

Source: Dyspraxia Checklist For Teachers and Parents | StephaniePressman

August 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Exclusion Scandal in English Schools

This is what happens when you set up structures that prioritise examination performance above all else… the most vulnerable students pay the cost. It is essentially the marketisation of learning … Continue reading

July 26, 2018 · Leave a comment

Being a Parent With a Child With Special Educational Needs

Having grown up with an elder brother with special educational needs, though in his time in school it was known as “mentally handicapped”, I can empathise with this infographic and … Continue reading

May 21, 2018 · Leave a comment

Sensory Support in Your Classroom

I was initially sceptical, much to my shame, about the difference that sensory support could have in the classroom. The turning point for me was when a colleague suggested I … Continue reading

April 20, 2018 · Leave a comment

Sensory Processing Disorder – A Primer

A useful infographic, shared by Daniel Sobel, on the significant subject of sensory processing disorder. It comes from a presentation by Dr Danielle Eadens at Northern Arizona University. What manifests itself … Continue reading

April 20, 2018 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Slow Learners

In every school in which I have taught, there have been teachers who come slamming into the staff room at break, complaining that they’ve explained something to a child “for … Continue reading

December 21, 2017 · 1 Comment

Asperger Syndrome Primer | The National Autistic Society

Asperger Syndrome is a form of autism. People with Asperger Syndrome may find difficulty in social relationships and in communicating. Click through for a comprehensive summary of symptoms, the benefits … Continue reading

May 5, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Problem in Learning is You…

I once worked with a Head of Mathematics who frequently stormed into the staff room declaring his students to be thick. I remember one occasion when he said that he had explained … Continue reading

April 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

Support World Autism Week!

In all my years of teaching I never received any specific training in Autism Awareness. That means that I was unable to support those students in my classes who had … Continue reading

January 30, 2017 · 7 Comments

The Asperger Freeze Loop

This article demonstrates the perspective of someone with Aspergers Syndrome: The Freeze Loop | Asperger Experts

January 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

Motivating Learners with Asperger Syndrome

A thought-provoking video on the keys to motivating learners with Aspergers… I’d be interested in the thoughts of any who have Aspergers, or those who teach them as students, on the … Continue reading

June 3, 2016 · 2 Comments

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