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NQTs and the risk of maladaptation in the first few weeks of teaching

Originally posted on The Quirky Teacher:
I’m interested in how children’s cognition develops and it’s fair to say that I’m inclined to be in the Engelmann camp which views the environment/nurture as a bigger factor in the development of cognition…

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101 get-out clauses: EYFS reception year

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Engelmann’s ‘Teaching Needy Kids in Our Backward System’ (another synopsis)

Originally posted on The Quirky Teacher:
Inspired by the success of my synopsis of E.D Hirsch’s ‘Why Knowledge Matters’ and responding to a friend’s desire to read S. Engelmann’s ‘Teaching Needy Kids in Our Backward System’, I thought I’d read…

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Hirsch’s ‘Why knowledge matters’ (incredibly short synopsis)

Originally posted on The Quirky Teacher:
I was just scrabbling about to find a spare notepad to write up some notes, when I stumbled on an old notepad with written notes on Hirsch’s ‘Why knowledge matters’ from a few years…

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Is it wrong to teach children how to hold a pencil?

Originally posted on The Quirky Teacher:
Following some online discussion yesterday which was inspired a part of HMCI’s speech to the National Day Nurseries Association, I was left wondering why so many disagreed with this part of the speech: I…

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How ‘perfect book syndrome’ could improve school culture and leadership

Originally posted on The Quirky Teacher:
Following on from my previous post on the possibility of enhanced learning as a result of aspiring to ‘perfect books’, I thought about how this might also affect leadership and school culture in a…

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‘Perfect book syndrome’ might not be so bad

Originally posted on The Quirky Teacher:
Following the publication of a few articles and blogs on Ofsted’s proposed use of book scrutiny, I thought I’d have a look at their research and offer up a primary perspective. I found the…

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