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There is no such thing as magic

Originally posted on The Quirky Teacher:
Secondary leaders and teachers: this is a blog post that you’ll be tempted to sweep aside, but it affects you too, so please read and re-tweet. Just as all the well-heeled consultants and educationalists…

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To boldly go where we should’ve gone in the first place

Originally posted on The Quirky Teacher:
This blog post is a shake-down of the latest publication by Ofsted. Before I begin writing in more detail, let me tell you something a young and recently qualified reception teacher said to me…

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When shaky foundations need a jolly good shake-up.

Originally posted on The Quirky Teacher:
What is really pleasing of late is to know that my writing about primary Ed and EYFS curriculum has appealed to secondary teachers. In fact, the majority of my blog followers are secondary teachers,…

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The other reason people dismiss the importance of good handwriting

Originally posted on The Quirky Teacher:
‘Yes, but it’s more important that we focus on their reading skills’ ‘Yes, but is this their own writing? Or did they just copy it and add words?’ ‘You should be concentrating on improving…

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The real way to instill a love of learning

Originally posted on The Quirky Teacher:
Secondary teachers and leaders: are you finding that your new year 7s just can’t get enough of that there learning? I dare you to randomly google ‘primary school’ and ‘love of learning’ – see…

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Are we looking at ‘bullying’ from the wrong angle?

Originally posted on The Quirky Teacher:
It is anti-bullying week next week and I’m sure we’re all on board with that, getting ready with our odd socks to promote the message that bullying is wrong and that we need to…

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Everyone needs a good teacher

Originally posted on The Quirky Teacher:
I watched this and for once, I agree with Jo Boaler – we shouldn’t label children as gifted or talented. Her perspective was that this was psychologically damaging for so many reasons: Children internalise…

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