Author Archives: Anthony Radice

About Anthony Radice

An English teacher of English in England.

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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An Orwellian Education

Originally posted on The Traditional Teacher:
Eric Arthur Blair (1903-1950) In George Orwell’s Animal Farm (1945), education plays a crucial role. It is because most of the animals do not succeed in learning to read and write that the pigs…

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The Importance of School Culture

Originally posted on The Traditional Teacher:
When I was a newly qualified teacher, I worked in a large, chaotic comprehensive, whose head was good at wangling money for new buildings, but apparently uninterested in creating any sort of discipline structure,…

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We Need Better Courses, Not More Adaptive Teaching

Originally posted on The Traditional Teacher:
In recent years, there has been a gradual move in the English education system away from the darkest days of individualised learning, when teachers were expected to plan different lessons for different pupils, thus…

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Reasonable Hope

Originally posted on The Traditional Teacher:
However much our opponents may wish to portray us as gloomy Gradgrindian schoolmasters, traditional approaches give us grounds for reasonable hope. The positive, practical outworking of a coherent, knowledge-rich curriculum and a consistent culture…

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Should Young Children Learn Through Play?

Originally posted on The Traditional Teacher:
Not all of the products of nature are nourishing. The earliest years of education are those which have been reformed the least. In secondary schools, there is a significant and growing movement in favour…

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Allowing Our Pupils to Listen

Originally posted on The Traditional Teacher:
David Didau has been at it again, slaying educational sacred cows . . . he has argued that it is not beneficial to require pupils to follow along when reading out loud to them,…

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