Author Archives: Anthony Radice

About Anthony Radice

An English teacher of English in England.

Music for All

Originally posted on The Traditional Teacher:
One of the most memorable things about my first week working for the Inspiration Trust was when John Stephens, the Trust’s recently appointed Director of Music, had the whole staff of the Trust singing…

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Creating a New Professional Paradigm

Originally posted on The Traditional Teacher:
The professionalisation of teaching has gone hand in hand, historically, with the promotion of progressive ideas. One of the first campaigners was the American Horace Mann in the nineteenth century, and he succeeded in…

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Not All Reading Is Equal

Originally posted on The Traditional Teacher:
We often hear about how important it is for children to develop a love of reading. But like so many statements about education, a vital ingredient is missing from this apparently laudable aspiration. It…

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Liberated by Cognitive Science

Originally posted on The Traditional Teacher:
Understanding the essentials of cognitive architecture is a wonderfully liberating thing. So many of our misconceptions about education, our own and our pupils’, can be laid to rest. The first, and most important principle…

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The Michaela Inspection Result Is Good News for Everyone

Originally posted on The Traditional Teacher:
Ofsted have a lot of blood on their hands. In the very recent past, they were a progressive inquisition, striking fear into the hearts of teachers who actually wanted to teach. But they have…

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Direct Instruction Transforms Behaviour

Originally posted on The Traditional Teacher:
We must be very clear that the choices made by pupils are their own responsibility. If they decide to be rude or defiant, they have made that choice, and they must take the consequences.…

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Whole Class Instruction Enables Targeted Support

Originally posted on The Traditional Teacher:
In-class differentiation means that the whole class is disadvantaged, because they cannot experience an ordered classroom where the expert instructs them. They cannot experience a coherent curriculum because the curriculum must be personalised. But…

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