27 Feb 2014

How ‘Why Don’t Students Like School?’ might help me teach

Edssential article from @Mr_Bunker_Edu : I feel a little late to the party having only just finished reading Daniel T Willingham’s Why Don’t Students Like School.  The book was released in 2009, and every new page seemed to add relevance to dozens of blogs I’ve read over the past...
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27 Feb 2014

This much I know about…why we should stop intervening and focus upon improving the quality of teaching

Edssential article from @johntomsett : This is my first ever request post. I loved reading a post by @DHTJohn on the corrosive nature of examination run-in interventions. I wish I had written it. When I complimented him @LeeDonaghy and @ieshasmall asked me to write about why I...
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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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04 Dec 2013

Planning to Get Behaviour Right: Research Plus Experience

Edssential article from @LeadingLearner : There is nothing like a discussion about behaviour and discipline, either in the staff room or in the classroom, to get people talking with passion, intensity and all too often from totally different perspectives. “The area of discipline...
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03 Dec 2013

Thinking

Edssential article from @GoldfishBowlMM : ‘What students think about is what they will remember.’ Daniel Willingham I had a lesson this week which seemed to be successful: students worked hard, produced lots of work and some great poetry. When I reflected on exactly what they had...
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03 Dec 2013

DESIGNING A NEW CURRICULUM – WHAT ARE YOUR ‘BIG IDEAS’?

Edssential article from @HuntingEnglish : Cross the threshold and seize a new and improved curriculum. Many teachers will already be thinking about the significant curriculum changes just around the corner. I admit that I have met some previous curriculum changes with a response...
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03 Dec 2013

Modelling for excellence

Edssential article from @shaun_allison : I’m fortunate to watch a large number of lessons – being taught by brilliant teachers.  There are many things that they all do well, but one thing they all have in common is that they are great at modelling.  Now it seems fairly obvious...
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28 Nov 2013

Defining the Butterfly: Knowing the Standards to Set the Standards

Edssential article from @headguruteacher : In preparing to deliver some CPD inputs recently, at my own school and another in Essex, I’ve been thinking about the problem of providing the appropriate level of challenge for all learners in the work we set and in the work we accept. ...
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17 Nov 2013

HOW CAN WE CREATE ‘AN ETHIC OF EXCELLENCE’ IN OUR SCHOOLS?

Edssential article from @HFletcherWood : “For twenty-five years I’ve led a double life.  I’m a full-time classroom teacher in a public school.  In order to make ends meet for my family, I’ve worked during the summers, vacations, and sometimes weekends, as a carpenter.  In...
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