Author Archives: The Quirky Teacher

A yearly test? Bring it.

Originally posted on The Quirky Teacher:
Right, a very small number of primary schools are seeing the evidence-based light and switching to knowledge-based curricula; hopefully this trend will continue and then we will be rid of this ‘Let the kids…

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Is too much choice making children miserable?

Originally posted on The Quirky Teacher:
This blog post was inspired by a recent chat I had with a friend who is part of the home-ed scene. We were talking about behaviour and she mentioned that among the extreme ‘child-led’…

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When maths practice doesn’t add up

Originally posted on The Quirky Teacher:
As twitter was a-buzz with Michaela quotes, something caught my eye this morning: I wonder if any other school adopts this view? I have, of course, written before about the issue of practice and…

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Throwaway culture in schools helps to produce the next generation of consumers

Originally posted on The Quirky Teacher:
This week, the number of teenage males living in my house temporarily doubled. In addition to the loo-seat always being up, I found that the sheer amount of food packaging waste generated was really…

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Who sings your praises in the staff room?

Originally posted on The Quirky Teacher:
I found out recently that a colleague had, behind the scenes, codified and organised phonics teaching in the younger years for our school (resourcing, planning, everything). She had done so much, but I wasn’t…

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“Miss, I totally want to have a big wheelie chair and a complicated telephone when I grow up!”

Originally posted on The Quirky Teacher:
White working class boys are the lowest achievers in the country. Let’s grab the bull by the horns and change this situation. This is honest blog post is about the motivation of very young…

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Play is great, except when it isn’t.

Originally posted on The Quirky Teacher:
So, Tom Bennett and Tim Taylor have recently written about the use of ‘play’ as a medium for learning in the classroom and I thought I’d wade in. Tom’s position was that play is great…

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