Edugeeks and Flat-Earthers. Does engaging with research make you a better teacher? #BrewEdHackney

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Today I had the immense pleasure of attending the #BrewEd event at Hackney Pirates organised by Clare Sealy.  In planning for it, I’d decided to try doing a talk without slides for the first time.  I’ve become a bit a slave to the clicker so this was a nice change.  The title of the talk:  Does being an edugeek make you a better teacher? 

I started by talking about how, as a Headteacher, you know how good a teacher is.  I’ve written about the triangulation process here: it’s a combination of using observation, using data and taking account of informal knowledge – which includes a teacher’s reputational standing amongst parents and students.  Without question, some of the best teachers I’ve known would not have considered themselves edugeeks.  They had an instinct for questioning or sequencing concepts without having heard of cognitive load theory or read an edu-blog in…

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