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Behaviour Consultants

Originally posted on Scenes From The Battleground:
A few years ago, I think it may have been around 2010, I worked at a school where a behaviour consultant came in for our INSET. He explained to us that if we…

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THIS is a BORING book!

I’ve just watched a great 2016 BBC4 documentary called “B is for book”. It follows a group of London children from their first day at school for a year, and explores how they learn to read. The kids live on a … Continue reading

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Developing Great Writing Pt.1 – Contrasting Ideas

Originally posted on must do better…:
Over the past few years I’ve developed a number of academic sentence structures to use with my students in an effort to improve their writing. I started with generic structures – I had supporting…

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Room for improvement, or what I’m working on this year

Originally posted on must do better…:
I’d like to think I am a better teacher than I was say 10 or even 5 years ago. I’d like to think that every year I continue to improve. I’m sure that’s not…

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Helping students get started: making it easy with behavioural psychology

Mark’s class seem unwilling to begin the lesson’s first task.  He wants them to begin learning independently, without nagging or reminders… We can use behavioural psychology to nudge students in the right direction by making desired actions EAST: Easy, Attractive, … Continue reading

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Problems with deliberate practice: can we use it in teacher education?

Anders Ericsson adds just one caveat: the only “minimum requirements” for success are basic physical traits, like “height and body size in sports (Ibid., p.235).”  This is a powerful message which many schools have promoted; so have some teacher educators, … Continue reading

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The elitism of Simon Jenkins

Originally posted on Filling the pail:
Embed from Getty Images Simon Jenkins has had a go at writing about English education again. This time, instead of musing on the experiences of his dinner party companions, he has decided to lament…

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