22 Jan 2014

At first glance: A sentence starter adds unexpected rigor to writing

Edssential article from @Doug_Lemov : We wrapped up two days of workshops on Ratio on Friday. Ratio is the principle that it’s not whether the teacher gets a mental workout, but whether students do. Our workshops focus on building two types of Ratio, Participation Ratio (who’s...
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13 Jan 2014

10 Reasons to Love Teaching

Edssential article from @headguruteacher : 1. Doing the things you love while you’re at work It has always struck me as remarkable and fortuitous that I am paid to do a job where I get to have so much fun. In my lessons, I have the chance to explore my favourite subject –...
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11 Jan 2014

Behaviour is more than behaviour for learning

Edssential article from @HoratioSpeaks : And indeed, it takes from our achievements, though performed at height, the very pith and marrow of our attribute. – Hamlet Behaviour as an issue in schools isn’t going to go away.  Tom Bennett was on Newsnight about it recently, saying...
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11 Jan 2014

This much I know about…why putting your family first matters

Edssential article from @johntomsett : To publish this has been a tough call. After a week of talking it through with him, my son Joe agreed to me posting this article. The tipping point came when one of my closest colleagues read it and said, It MUST be published at some point...
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05 Jan 2014

No more forgetting what they learned yesterday- forgetting curve homeworks

Edssential article from @Maths_Master : How many times have you heard teachers complain that students couldn’t remember what they learned yesterday, let alone last week or last month? Retention of learning is a big issue and one that must be addressed. This year my department is...
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05 Jan 2014

The Vocabulary Gap

Edssential article from @GoldfishBowlMM : “Learning, as a language based activity, is fundamentally and profoundly dependent on vocabulary knowledge.” * This is the first in a series of posts about vocabulary.  Some practical teaching ideas will follow.  Here, I discuss the...
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05 Jan 2014

Differentiating the responsive way

Edssential article from @atharby : In last week’s post – here – I looked at how we might mark students’ written work strategically, considering not just the feedback we will give them, but also the practicalities of how we expect them to respond to our feedback. This week I am...
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05 Jan 2014

The boy who saved my life (in teaching)

Edssential article from @kevbartle: Eddie was his name. As incongruous in 1996 as it is now. And he was a fairly incongruous manboy: fully grown moustache to put my facial hair to shame; built like the proverbial brick shipyard’s toilet; trapped in the last year of compulsory...
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05 Jan 2014

I can see clearly now….

Edssential article from @shaun_allison : I thought I would write this post in the spirit of #nurture1314 – starting with a confession! I used to be a bit of an OFSTED chaser – there’s a lot of it about. By that, I mean I used to spend a great deal of time distributing checklists,...
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