02 Jul 2013

Everything you thought you knew about learning is wrong

Edssential article from @garthsundem : Taking notes during class? Topic-focused study? A consistent learning environment? All are exactly opposite of the best strategies for learning. I recently had the good fortune to interview Robert Bjork, the director of the UCLA Learning and...
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01 Jul 2013

‘Question Time’ and Asking ‘Why’

Edssential article from @HuntingEnglish : No, this post isn’t a dissection of David Dimbleby’s negotiation of a bent table full of politicking talking heads. I’m sorry if you came looking for political debates! My post is an exploration of one of the simplest, but most...
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01 Jul 2013

What’s the difference between remembering and memorising?

Edssential article from @Kris_Boulton : Memorisation is an active process.  Remembering is passive.  At least this is my inexpert claim; I would like to hear other people’s thoughts, based on what they’ve read. Ah distinctly I remember, it was in the bleak December… In this line...
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01 Jul 2013

The Big Idea – Questioning

Edssential article from @shaun_allison : Never one to miss an opportunity to share good ideas, at an INSET day last week staff were asked to write down one successful strategy they have used to develop questioning.  This article is a summary of their responses. Why questioning?...
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01 Jul 2013

Improving Written Feedback

Edssential article from @HuntingEnglish : This week I gave a seminar at TeachMeet Clevedon. I am going to post more fully on my topic of teachers getting better by undertaking ‘deliberate practice‘ sometime soon. One smaller aspect of my presentation was how teachers can improve...
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01 Jul 2013

Live Lesson Obs:Making Lesson Observations Formative

Edssential article from @learningspy : You can push and prod people into something better than mediocrity, but you have to encourage excellence. David Lammy We’ve all experienced the dread and agony of formal lesson observations, haven’t we? We’ve sweated blood over our...
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01 Jul 2013

Feedback – Research suggests…..

Edssential article from @EducEndowFoundn: What is it? Feedback is information given to the learner and/or the teacher about the learner’s performance relative to learning goals. It should aim to (and be capable of) producing improvement in students’ learning. Feedback redirects...
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01 Jul 2013

Questioning: Marginal Learning Gains

Edssential article from @fullonlearning : When it comes to Marginal Learning Gains, it is a real challenge to include QUESTIONING as an area where there could be a Marginal Learning Gain. There are many who would argue that if all we did was to concentrate on questioning, the...
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