22 Sep 2014

Don’t Expect Novices to Learn by Doing What Experts Do

Edssential article from @mr_chadwick : In Daniel T. Willingham’s book ‘Why Don’t Students Like School’ he devotes a whole chapter to the myth that the way to get someone to become an expert is to copy what an expert does. He makes a compelling case that...
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21 Sep 2014

Mythbusting…

Edssential article from @shaun_allison : Last week I gave a talk to our new staff about teaching.  The night before, I asked the good people of twitter for their input: It caused a bit of a discussion!  So I thought I would elaborate on some of my thoughts.  Some of which have...
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21 Sep 2014

WHO’S RESPONSIBLE FOR MY STUDENTS’ FOLDERS?

Edssential article from @HFletcherWood : My students’ folders have check sheets, documenting their state and (usually) academic targets).  With Sayers’ words in mind, I invite readers to examine this one: What should I do?  The crosses, and the ‘R’s (Recheck) suggest this student...
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03 Sep 2014

Bennett’s tenets: My behaviour guides for going back to school

Edssential article from @tombennett71: It’s back to school for many teachers next week – including me – and most of us are already walking like shades through the crepuscular hinterland, the limbo that joins Summer Time to School Time. And here time, defying all mastery, speeds...
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03 Sep 2014

Ten tips for new teachers, three for new History teachers, and two targets for me

Edssential article from @HFletcherWood : I received too much advice at my Teach First Summer Institute: much of it appeared contradictory, all of it was rooted in the giver’s context.  For some years therefore, I forswore offering unsolicited advice.  At Teach Like a Champion...
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27 Aug 2014

GCSE Outcomes and Transition Matrices: A data tool every teacher can use

Edssential article from @headguruteacher : As most people recognise, when evaluating the degree of success in a set of GCSE outcomes we need some sense of the baseline before we start making like-for-like comparisons.   At the risk of stating the obvious, how well we’ve done all...
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25 Aug 2014

Great teacher talk

Edssential article from @turnfordblog : The ‘war’ on Teacher Talk Time was one of the more depressing developments in my teaching career. Obviously secondary students will rapidly get bored if they are subjected to lectures – no one is advocating that teachers should drone on and...
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24 Aug 2014

Contemporary educational ideas all my staff should know about

Edssential article from @headguruteacher: As I look ahead to starting my new job at Highbury Grove,  I’m thinking about all the conversations we are going to have about learning.  To a large degree I want my teachers to be as up-to-date as possible within their own subject...
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06 Jul 2014

The Tyranny of the Working Group

Edssential article from @kennypieper : I’m not sure if you would ever call it pressure but, when you start a new school, or even when you begin a new term in August, there is an expectation that you join a Working Group. That group might have a whole school responsibility; it may...
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06 Jul 2014

Prospero’s knowledge: magic or curse?

Edssential article from @joeybagstock : The pursuit of knowledge I have been thinking a lot about The Tempest recently. Preparing two A2 classes for their imminent exams means I have been immersed in the ideas and characters in this late Shakespeare play. At the same time I have...
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