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The Challenge of Traditionalism

Originally posted on Outside In:
‘Traditionalism’, so far as that label catches anything, has had something of a fraught time of late. It has been put to all manner of uses, positive and negative, from those who seek to attach…

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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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From whippersnapper to joyful scholar: the missing link in early primary education

Originally posted on The Quirky Teacher:
This is an attempt to pull together various ideas and thoughts about teaching and learning in the Far East. The reason I feel compelled to nail my colours to the mast is because something struck…

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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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