Monthly Archives: December 2017

Reduce maths anxiety with explicit teaching

Originally posted on Filling the pail:
Embed from Getty Images A colleague is teaching Year 12 maths methods next year for the first time since the introduction of the new course. As part of the process, I sent her through…

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Addendum: A 4th Way phonics denialists will try to fool you

Originally posted on Scenes From The Battleground:
Last week I wrote about phonics denialism for the first time in ages. About 24 hours after listing the arguments I most often hear from those who deny the evidence about early reading…

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Great Yarmouth Charter Academy: Hotspot of Hope

Originally posted on Reading all the Books:
About twenty minutes walk from Great Yarmouth train station is a school where every child will greet a visitor with a smile and a ‘good morning miss!’ It is a school where children…

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Grannies are the solution

Originally posted on The Quirky Teacher:
Trigger alert: this is a light-hearted post written in everyday, no-frills English. The messages within are quite serious though and you might get offended, particularly if you work in Early Years and think everything…

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10 low impact activities to do less of – or stop altogether.

Originally posted on teacherhead:
Teachers and leaders across the country do too many things that have unacceptably high ratios of time and effort relative to their impact and/or they are unjustifiable educationally.  Sometimes I think that the debate about workload is…

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Progress or attainment?

Originally posted on fish64:
“You value attainment. I don’t. You have failed to understand that progress rules.” A well known blogger once tweeted this to me. It is actually quite shocking when you think about it. An educator who says “I…

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Teaching writing backwards

Originally posted on Filling the pail:
Embed from Getty Images Over the last couple of years, I have had cause to work with English teachers and to read some of the literature on English teaching. I have become convinced that…

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