26 Jun 2015

10 Research Based Principles of Instruction for Teachers

Edssential article from @dan_brinton: I recently read an American Educator article from 2012 by Barak Rosenshine that set out 10 principles of instruction informed by research, with subsequent suggestions for implementing them in the classroom. It was also one of the articles...
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07 May 2015

Revision and Research

Edssential article from @MissJLud: I don’t have much time to read blog posts anymore. I’m not sure I ever did but even less now I have made a conscious effort to ensure life comes before work and tend to book up my weekends! I’m not sure how that’s working out either… but this...
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07 May 2015

This much I know about what really works when preparing students for their examinations

Edssential article from @johntomsett : I am keener than ever to spend as much time as possible in classrooms. As I wrote in a post last October, leading our teachers’ own learning about teaching, is, I feel, the most important thing I do in my role as a Headteacher. It’s not...
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01 Apr 2015

A lesson is the wrong unit of time

Edssential article from @BodilUK: I think we talk too much about lessons. A lesson is usually the wrong unit of time to think about. @prcollins recently tweeted the following: Read More
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31 Mar 2015

Memory platforms

Edssential article from @atharby : A few years ago, still under the spell of the starter/main/development/plenary model of my teaching training, I began to stray. My distinctly unimpressive timekeeping meant that I would usually find myself doing the plenary of the previous...
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26 Feb 2015

Talking to myself

Edssential article from @GoldfishBowlMM : Teaching is a job where what we say matters. Our explanations, our questioning, our modelling, our interactions- they all rely on our talk being focussed and effective. We need clear explanations that bring students who know little about...
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22 Feb 2015

The Problem with Plenaries

Edssential article from @mrbunkeredu : If group work was the holy grail of my teacher training, effective plenaries were definitely the pedagogical white rabbit – the element of the lesson you always felt was achievable, but nevertheless remained elusive. Running out of time for...
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21 Jan 2015

3 Teaching Techniques That Made My 2014

Edssential article from @dmthomas90: At the start of this academic year I wanted to really put the theory of learning I knew into practice. Here are three teaching techniques I tried that I’ll be taking with me into 2015. 1. Interleave *everything* We know that interleaving...
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16 Dec 2014

Can I improve my students’ memory?

Edssential article from @ManYanaEd : Treading of dangerous waters, here. But the following is a distillation of what I have read and hopefully understood about memory. At some point your children will take exams and the more they can remember, facts and processes – know...
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16 Dec 2014

Teacher workload: Can it be sustained?

Edssential article from @GoldFishBowlMM : Like many teachers, I filled in the DfE workload survey. I tried thinking about the external demands that increase teacher workloads but I quickly realised that most of the decisions around what teachers are expected to do comes from...
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