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June 17, 2022 · Leave a comment

Some Key Developmental Factors in Adolescent Learners… Ignore Them At Your Peril!

Teenagers can be annoying, can’t they just! Daydreaming, emotionally charged, refusing to sit still and just listen…  the list is endless, as any teacher will tell you. However, if you … Continue reading

May 6, 2022 · Leave a comment

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April 2, 2021 · Leave a comment

Thinking Is a Mess We Should Talk About | Edutopia

Great minds *don’t* think alike—which is why students need to witness examples of genuine thought in all its glorious and messy individuality. At its core, learning is a change in … Continue reading

March 1, 2021 · Leave a comment

4 Assessment Strategies for Distance and Hybrid Learning | Edutopia

A few ways to set up formative and summative assessments that provide an accurate picture of what students know. The question of how to authentically and fairly assess distance learners … Continue reading

December 2, 2020 · 1 Comment

Saga Briggs on Deeper Learning

As part of the perpetual challenge to improve the quality of learning, there is an increasing interface between educational research and metacognition to explore what has been termed the DEEPS … Continue reading

July 8, 2020 · Leave a comment

Coronavirus and Online Learning in Schools: An Appeal for Case Studies

The onset of the Coronavirus pandemic has few positive aspects about it. However, it could be argued that, in a matter of weeks, school use of online learning has moved … Continue reading

March 29, 2020 · Leave a comment

Reversal: A New Thinking Tool for Problem-Solving and Designing Solutions

I’m always keen to promote new techniques in thinking skills, so this presentation put up by David Hall, Founder of the Ideas Centre, really rang my bell as a useful … Continue reading

March 27, 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

Digitising Revision: The Basis of a Student Performance Breakthrough in Your School

This article is an abridged version of techniques expanded upon in a new book:  Re-Examining Success: Raising pupils’ examination performance at secondary school: systems, techniques, processes and partners by David … Continue reading

February 6, 2020 · Leave a comment

Learning Technologies and How to Develop and Deploy Them: Changing the Paradigm

I generally take a sceptical view of educational technology because the implementers tend to want to shoe-horn in new technologies without going to the trouble of the professional development required … Continue reading

January 24, 2020 · 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

High Exam Anxiety

Despite meticulous preparation, and certainly if you have prepared less than well, anxiety can be debilitating in examinations. The point of impact may be in your thoughts or in your … Continue reading

May 20, 2019 · Leave a comment

The International Baccalaureate: Moving Learning in the Right Direction

I first came across the International Baccalaureate (IB) whilst on secondment to the RSA Academy in the West Midlands. Having adopted the Opening Minds curriculum at KS3 and KS4, the … Continue reading

April 8, 2019 · 1 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

Autism – How I Feel…

An autistic friend of mine brought this infographic to my attention and said that this represents how he feels and behaves much of the time… Source: Early Signs of Autism

March 1, 2019 · Leave a comment

The Key Learning Theories Explained

This chart gives you access to the key learning theories shaping learning. The accompanying article gives further detail. Thanks to Richard Millward and Terry Heick for all their hard work … Continue reading

February 20, 2019 · 2 Comments

Making Bloom’s Taxonomy work for your student’s learning

December 21, 2018 · 1 Comment

Helping Students Develop Executive Function Skills | Edutopia

This is a well-informed article outlining how to develop higher order thinking skills, either to recover a deficit or to have students thinking on a higher plane. Simple classroom strategies can … Continue reading

December 12, 2018 · Leave a comment

Educational False Starts and Heutagogy

I am as prone as the next teacher to exploring new approaches to learning, but it could be said that teachers are naïve suckers for an all-encompassing solution to learning. … Continue reading

September 12, 2018 · Leave a comment

Neural State and Student Emotional Behaviour

I remember wading into quite a serious fight at school and having to separate the antagonists and make a quick assessment of their emotional states so as to decide who … Continue reading

July 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

Metacognition in Context: How Learners Put Themselves in the Learning

Two students do not approach the same problem from the same direction. Their approach is determined by their metacognitive sense of identity as a learner. To be effective their learning … Continue reading

May 14, 2018 · Leave a comment

Play: The Essence of Learning

I’m focussing on the theme of play at the moment as it seems to be at the heart of all effective learning systems. It is highly significant that the best … Continue reading

December 4, 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

Metacognition: Learning How to Learn, Revisited

As we enter examination season once again a number of parents have asked me about study skills techniques. Interesting how this always comes up as a graft on element at … Continue reading

May 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

Metacognition and Promoting Autonomous Learning

Learning to learning is an effective definition of metacognition – it is the ‘how’ rather than the ‘what of the learning process. This article by Hunter Maats and Katie O’Brien, … Continue reading

April 19, 2017 · 1 Comment

A Diagram of 21st Century Pedagogy | John Zermani | LinkedIn

Context matters, and the diagram from edorigami captures this, though not from the perspective of the student and content knowledge, but the teacher and various pedagogical components themselves, including Higher-Order … Continue reading

January 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

Learning Styles – Bastardising Neuroscience

Neuroscientists are notoriously difficult to engage with in a meaningful conversation about their research as it is so arcane and nuanced. Consequently when any piece of their research is released … Continue reading

October 17, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Argument for Metacognition

Those who advocate a more prominent role for metacognition in schools do so in the belief that being more explicit about the how of learning pays dividends as students are … Continue reading

September 2, 2016 · 1 Comment

The Importance of Meta-Learning and the Foundations of a New Values Curriculum

The curriculum in public education is usually expressed as an accumulation of knowledge, usually defined at some point by those who fund the education service. In England, that has ossified … Continue reading

August 5, 2016 · Leave a comment

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