Monthly Archives: October 2014

Stop looking for the new Brain Gym. Start looking for the new Monkey Crouch.

Originally posted on Othmar's Trombone:
We all know that Brain Gym is guff. It’s so obvious to us now. In fact, it is such guff that it has even given birth to an edu-snowclone: X is the new Brain…

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Great teaching leads to student progress

Originally posted on cavmaths:
Today the Sutton Trust report “What makes great teaching?” by Rob Coe, Cesare Aloisi, Steve Higgins and Lee Elliot Major was released. It’s a report I’ve eagerly been awaiting and I very much enjoyed reading it.…

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Three wise monkeys of research

Originally posted on drowningintheshallow:
Initially there were no monkeys. Just a proverb which focused on being good of mind, speech and of action. The monkeys themselves originated in Japan on a play on words of “see no evil, hear no…

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Nine go to Ofsted

Originally posted on cazzypotsblog:
? Today I went to a meeting with Mike Cladingbowl at the Ofsted office in Birmingham. There were a group nine of us Twitter teachers present, and a very pleasant meeting it was too. Mike was…

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They think its all over …

My Year Nines bundled into my classroom this morning with even more excitement than normal.  I attributed this extra energy to a combination of the high winds as the remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo battered our sceptered isle and the imminent … Continue reading

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Educating the East End: school as soap opera | Education | TV and radio | spiked

Meet Joe. He was a boy who always just wanted to help people, and so grew up to be a government special adviser. But he soon discovered that politics doesn’t really help people at all; it’s made up of self-serving … Continue reading

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Neither the National Audit Office nor the DfE really understand School Improvement

Originally posted on Education for Everyone:
The National Audit Office has once more concluded that the government’s approach to improving inadequate schools is a complete muddle. The DfE doesn’t know what is actually happening inside academy chains, local authorities and…

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