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Test to the Teach

Originally posted on primarytimerydotcom:
When Daisy Christodoulou told us not to teach to the test, I assumed she was mainly concerned with teachers spending too much lesson time making sure children understood the intricacies of the mark scheme at the…

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How to help secondary pupils with reading and writing complex words.

I wrote the following response, which I’ve edited slightly and supplemented, to Robert Peal’s excellent piece ‘Planning a knowledge-based scheme of work. Part 1: Reading. You can read it here. Source: How to help secondary pupils with reading and writing … Continue reading

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Teachers and the Alphabet – phonicsblog

In my last posting here (The Knowledge Deficit) I commented on teacher reluctance to engage with up-to-date knowledge about the teaching of reading – preferring instead to stick to the mixed-methods approach of teaching children to word-guess from clues. This … Continue reading

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Teaching to the test vs Teaching for the test (and beyond)

Originally posted on missdcoxblog:
These thoughts are from an INSET day a few weeks ago when I wanted to focus in our department on ‘What is learning?’. We had some good discussions and one of them was about key stage…

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Necessary & Sufficient

Originally posted on No Easy Answers:
What does a good education at school look like? I think it’s essential to look at this question through the paradigm of what is necessary to a good education and what is sufficient. Briefly,…

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The Technological Revolution

Originally posted on The Grumpy Teacher:
Revolutions often involve unlikely alliances, and they don’t usually last. What they have in common is their desire to overthrow the status quo, and once the status quo has been dismantled there’s nothing to…

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Accountability games

Assessment and data is confusing everyone, often because it is based on a lazy and silly use of data to predict and ratchet up grades. It is curious how it keeps coming back and it is the same question. Art … Continue reading

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