Monthly Archives: October 2015

Top 5 traits of the best teachers

Originally posted on Filling the pail:
“My name is Prince and I am funky” Prince The defining trait of Prince is that he is funky but what are the traits of effective teachers? There is a body of research on…

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8 Weeks of Headship and the Hidden Challenges

I definitely expected challenge after challenge and in fact it’s one of the reasons I accepted the job of Head of School.   If asked before taking up the post I would have suggested my biggest issues would be getting … Continue reading

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In praise of signposts – David Didau: The Learning Spy

The safest road to hell is the gradual one – the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts. C. S. Lewis If you’re not sure which way to… Continued here http://ift.tt/1M2Fww3

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Sutton Trust – Too many children left behind

Lee Elliot Major on more startling evidence on widening attainment gaps as children get older. I had the privilege of speaking to a packed lecture theatre at theLondon School of Economics last week. I was asked to respond to the … Continue reading

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Concept maps are rubbish

Originally posted on Filling the pail:
For many years, I have given the following advice to students who are preparing for an exam. “There are two ways to revise; answering questions or turning information from one form into another. Both mean…

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Teachers! A Call to Arms!

Originally posted on Trivium21c:
“Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another.” GK Chesterton We need to summon up the spirit of, the albeit fictional, Ned Ludd and Captain Swing. We…

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The Jellyfish Effect: why bad ideas hang around

Originally posted on Othmar's Trombone:
We all want to know ‘what works’. But sometimes when we say “this works”, we do so under the influence of our many (perfectly human) biases.  When we apply ideas and approaches in the classroom, we…

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