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An Objection To Learning Objectives

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When you first become a teacher it’s very hard to know if what you’ve been told in your training is actually best practice or just the latest in a long list of trends to hit the teaching profession. Over the years schools…

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Research in education is great…until you start to try and use it.

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Originally posted on missdcoxblog:
One reason that I’ve been interested in education research in the past couple of years is because, by luck/coincidence it mainly supports what I already do. I’ve been setting quick 1-5 recap quizzes for years, well…

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Knowledge and skills: Explicit; sequenced and, ultimately, interwoven.

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Originally posted on teacherhead:
It has been fascinating engaging in the debate around knowledge and skills over the last few years; I’ve made various attempts to make sense of it.  Here are some related posts: Some knowledge-skills interplay The progressive-traditional…

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Six Months In

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Originally posted on Cheng Reaction:
Six months ago, I started working at Michaela. As a Wembley native, growing up just around the corner and attending a local state school, it has been an experience and a pleasure to teach pupils…

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Structured revision lessons using retrieval, spacing & interleaving

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Originally posted on missdcoxblog:
The problem with many revision classes is that many teachers think that students can suddenly self organise and self motivate. This is rarely the case. Last year I trialled a revision lesson structure and blogged on…

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Old-School French

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Originally posted on An Timire:
At a second-hand booksale recently I bought a gem for 50 cent: ‘Model French Essays’ by Mary Barry. A booklet of 41 pages, it’s aimed at beginner secondary students and consists of 40 ‘essays’ or short passages…

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Rows vs Groups? Have your cake and eat it with creative planning.

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Originally posted on Global Lessons on Learning:
Reading time: 9 minutes. It was my third year of teaching and I remember struggling to get my year 4 class to focus consistently. There wasn’t any particular bad behaviour, only low-level disruption…

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