27 Jun 2013

What we can learn from Direct Instruction & Siegfried Engelmann

Edssential article from @joe__kirby : There is a vast range of empirical, scientific and statistical evidence that shows Direct Instruction works. Project Follow Through was the largest controlled comparative study of pedagogical techniques in history: from 1967 – 1995, over...
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25 Jun 2013

Effective revision strategies

Edssential article from @HuntingEnglish : There is a lot of cognitive science research that proves what revision strategies work best for embedding information into the long term memory – which is our goal in relation to exam success. Some of it is common sense, but other aspects...
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25 Jun 2013

What is learning?

Edssential article from @learningspy : Go on, ask yourself, ask other teachers, ask some students: what is learning? It’s a pretty big question isn’t it? One that I might have felt hopelessly unequal to answering before reading Graham Nuthall‘s The Hidden Lives of Learners....
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25 Jun 2013

Great teaching happens in cycles

Edssential article from @learningspy : Last year I wrote a post called The Anatomy of an Outstanding Lesson, by far my most viewed post with almost 10,000 page views. Clearly teachers are hungry for this kind of thing. But it’s become increasingly obvious to me over the past few...
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22 Jun 2013

Work Scrutiny – What’s the point in marking books

Edssential article from @learningspy : Marking is an act of love Phil Beadle If you’ve never taken part part in a whole school book scrutiny, I’d recommend it. Seeing how students treat their exercise books across different subjects is very revealing. I’ll happily agree that...
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20 Jun 2013

Testing & Assessment – Have we been doing the right things for the wrong reasons?

Edssential article from @learningspy : Tests are rubbish, right? Like me, you may find yourself baring your teeth at the thought of being drilled to death, or inflicting endless rounds of mind-numbing tests on your students. That’s no way to learn, is it? All that’s going to do...
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19 Jun 2013

Constructing learning SO THAT it is meaningful and purposeful

Edssential article from @fullonlearning : Finding ways to make the complexities of learning concrete and clear to learners is a challenge. Ensuring how we design learning that is both purposeful and meaningful is one thing. Deciding just how we translate t...
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19 Jun 2013

…On Learning Objectives

Edssential article from @jamesmichie : This post expands on ideas I shared, in a series of tweets, with John Finlayson (@MrFinobi) about ‘learning objectives’. Learning objectives can be a powerful tool in a teacher’s toolkit. At the same time they can be a teacher’s Achilles...
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15 Jun 2013

Marking is broken

Edssential article from @mrlockyer : This blogpost is a summary of a workshop I gave at Plymouth University in May 2013 at the Teaching Final Conference. The images are slidegrabs from my deck, and I’ve summarised them below. I would also add that I am in no way an expert a...
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15 Jun 2013

What makes a good observation, and why it isn’t a grade.

Edssential article from @tombennett71 : Last week I wrote about some of the reasons why lesson observations can lack utility. In this piece, I want to do two things: define the two contradictory aims of lesson observations, and ways in which these aims can be teased apart in...
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