03 Jul 2014

The beauty of annotations

Edssential article from @joe__kirby : Like dewdrops on a dragonfly, annotations are microscopic, fragile and beautiful. I’ve come to believe that they’re the most important secret for teaching literature; a hidden treasure trove, waiting to be discovered. Here’s what I think is...
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22 May 2014

Edu-Quote: Ron Berger on the ‘Crisis in Education’ #2

Edssential article from @HuntingEnglish : If you don’t know about Ron Berger’s ‘Austin’s Butterfly’ you really should. I am writing a series of short posts that quote directly from educators who have inspired my thinking about education and more. Here is the first edu-quote for...
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05 May 2014

Perfect Practice Makes Perfect

Edssential article from @shaun_allison : Over the weekend, I came across this video of a 3 year old American lad called Titus, doing some pretty impressive stuff with a basketball hoop: Now, many people would describe this as ‘natural talent’.  However, anyone who has readMatthew...
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06 Apr 2014

Top Tips for Interviews

Edssential article from @chrishildrew : I’ve sat on countless interview panels and seen some sparkling, knockout performances. I’ve also seen good applicants make a real hash of it – and rule themselves out of the job. Here’s my list of dos and don’ts for interviewees… Nerves The...
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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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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 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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