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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

Solutions to the CPD Issue

The problem with Continuous Professional Development is often that it is not continuous, isn’t professional and doesn’t address valid developmental issues. This prompt sheet gives some ideas as to how … Continue reading

October 12, 2018 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Future Learning

October 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

Pobble!

I came across a new website which looks to turbocharge the teaching of English. I liked what I found and thought you might find it useful too. Pobble supports your teaching. … Continue reading

September 24, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Difference Between Fair and Equal in Educational Provision

In providing for students of differing abilities and aptitudes we have to realise that  striving for equality of provision, might not necessarily provide a fair solution for all students. Download … Continue reading

September 21, 2018 · Leave a comment

Engagement Strategies from teachertrap.com

For those days when your batteries are low and you need to come up with some new learning strategies…

September 14, 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

Marking… Making a Fresh Start

Marking, done well and in an ipsative way can enhance the quality and pace of learning. Done badly it helps nobody and eats up teacher time outside the classroom. The … Continue reading

September 7, 2018 · Leave a comment

Important Advice for the New Academic Year

September 6, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Limitations of Screen-based Learning

An interesting philosophical article pleading for more experiential learning which engages all of the senses rather than the replacement of class-based learning with a screen-based experience. Thank you Graham Brown-Martin … Continue reading

September 5, 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

The Education System: Crusher of Childhood Genius!

What many of us have suspected about the standardised, managerial industrial model of education has been confirmed by a longitudinal NASA study on creativity in children. Effectively the demand for … Continue reading

April 4, 2018 · 1 Comment

Thought For The Day: Future Teaching Requirements

March 29, 2018 · Leave a comment

How Finnish Education Flourishes…

Just in, how to create the best and most successful education system on the planet!  Not forgetting that it is all about culture… Finnish Education – the Secret Sauce by Pirjo Suonen … Continue reading

March 28, 2018 · Leave a comment

Why Personalisation is the Future

This is a really useful infographic showing how personalisation compares to other forms of pedagogical approach. Personalisation is not about pedagogy, with the teacher controlling the pace and agenda for … Continue reading

March 26, 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

Getting a Gog!

The simplest way to keep abreast of the key “gogs” in education…

March 8, 2018 · Leave a comment

Are the Kids Alright? | Renegade Inc

A very illuminating debate of the current state of learning and education. Although it is UK-focussed, it will resonate with educators around the world.  Renegade is a new organisation to … Continue reading

February 23, 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
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