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Avoiding ‘lethal mutations’ – Institute for Teaching

“Lithium: After a moment it blazed as hellfire, a passionate retort which sent it cavorting across the waters like a crazed insect. Sodium: It dazzled and fumed like a dawning sun swathed in the haze of belching factories.  Potassium: The … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas, Fellow Bloggers

Originally posted on Pocket Quintilian:
Another Australian teaching year has ended. For yours truly, this has meant seeing another lovely HSC group through to the finish line, leading some hesitant Year 7s through their first steps in a second language,…

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On Changing Minds – The Effortful Educator

It’s a bit like hiking through a cool, shaded forest on a crisp autumn morning.  It’s quite cold as I wander down the trail, enjoying the occasional beams that find its way through the canopy to my frigid body.  The … Continue reading

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Creativity

Originally posted on sputniksteve:
In what has been described as the most watched TED talk of all time, Sir Ken Robinson famously suggests that we are “educated out” of creativity. This view has certainly not gone uncontested. Julian Astle does…

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A momentous day (to bury good news).

Originally posted on teaching personally:
I’ve now run two evening classes for a small group of local adults in my home, where we are covering the rudiments of Critical Thinking. The experience is doing me a lot of good: it…

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Trust me, I’m a teacher

Originally posted on Teaching it Real:
It was gratifying to read the results of an Ipsos MORI poll last month which found that teachers were the third most trusted professionals, coming only after doctors and nurses. In fact, 89% of…

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The myth of Ofsted consultants: do not buy the snake oil

Over the past few years, inspection has changed considerably. Until 2005, a secondary school could expect a week-long visit from around 15 inspectors who would be looking in depth at individual subjects across the curriculum. These days, most secondary school … Continue reading

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