Monthly Archives: April 2020

A reading of Robert Louis Stephenson’s Kidnapped – David Didau: The Learning Spy

When my daughters were younger I used to read to them every evening. Over the years we read all the Harry Potter books, the Narnia stories, Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy, The Hobbit,… Continued here https://ift.tt/2VUZN4k

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Tricky Texts and the ‘Arduous Eight’ – The Confident Teacher

When it comes to reading, teachers are a little like Goldilocks. When it comes to spotting difficult texts – whether it is the class reader in year 5, or a maths word … Continued here: https://ift.tt/3aCNkHu

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#ProjectParadise: A group reading project – David Didau: The Learning Spy

Well. A few days ago I ran a poll on Twitter to find the most popular long poem for a group reading project and the clear winner, with 44% of the vote, was John Milton’s seventeenth century epic,… Continued here … Continue reading

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Train Hard Fight Easy or how to deal with Exam Stress and become an Exam Machine Part 2

Originally posted on teaching personally:
This is the second part of guest-blogger Adam Bantick’s post on the impact of stress on educational performance. He would be delighted to hear others’ thoughts on this, and can be reached via the comments…

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What’s wrong with Oak National Academy

One of the risks of any launch is hubris. You’re so excited about what you’ve done, and so keen to share it, that you oversell what you’ve done. You then disappoint against expectations, or worse,… Continued here: https://ift.tt/34OqmMu

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How should we decide what knowledge to teach? – David Didau: The Learning Spy

Last year I wrote two posts on two ways I think we might be getting curriculum thinking wrong at the moment. The first is on cultural capital, the second is on powerful knowledge. Below is a short… Continued here https://ift.tt/3ed8Cij

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Introducing ‘Closing the Reading Gap’ – The Confident Teacher

Nearly two years ago, I began researching and writing ‘Closing the Reading Gap’. After writing my book on vocabulary, I knew that reading was the natural next step. I knew that every … Continued here: https://ift.tt/2UTsJtS

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Homework in the time of Corona – David Didau: The Learning Spy

It was inevitable: the scent of bitter almonds always reminded him of the fate of uncompleted homework. Gabriel Garcia Marquez I’ve never been much of fan of homework, not as a child, not as a… Continued here https://ift.tt/2X6aXoM

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