Author: Kristian Still

BELONG - RESPECT - ASPIRE - ACHIEVE

How did I miss the importance of sleep to learning?

Given what I have learnt this week about about the importance of sleep to learning, to our well-being, it’s omission from past revision sessions and assemblies as a key strategy was a mistake. Here is why. The World Health Organisation is clear, the main effects of sleep deprivation include physical effects (sleepiness, fatigue, hypertension) cognitive…
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20 Oct ’19 0

Sunday trefoil – teach, sleep, and ResearchEd

So far, I am sticking to my plan to record three things I learn or encounter each week. This week I was reminded about the Protege Effect or ‘learning by teaching.’ I first encountered this strategy as “Explain it to an alien,” and admit, I have used it much recently. Teaching others rather than just…
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20 Oct ’19 0

Sunday trefoil

I am sticking to my Sunday trefoil. Three learning, reflective moments from the past week worth sharing. This week, monstrous world records, school improvement top ten and #BrewEd signpost. There is an assembly in there somewhere. Self-discipline for sure. Eliud Kipchoge broke the two-hour marathon mark by 20 seconds this weekend! Okay, not officially, but…
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13 Oct ’19 0

Back to the classroom

Your future hasn’t been written yet. No one’s has. Your future is whatever you make it. So make it a good one. – Doc Brown Back from Dubai and back in the classroom at a medium sized, growing, multicultural city school, with “strong and determined leadership.” I am teaching Key Stage 3 English… again. For approximately…
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13 Oct ’19 0

Sunday trefoil – trust, culture and climate

Lack of trust makes simple work slow and easy work difficult. Joel Peterson The development of trust with organisations is an area of professional interest preoccupation. From the scientific explanation of Oxytocin, to the practical advice of Dr Paul Browning, to leading at the speed of trust and to consequences of mistrust. How we create…
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6 Oct ’19 0

Sunday trefoil 29.09

Ahead of teaching Year 9s Dickens’s ‘A Christmas Carol’ and Year 8s Conan Doyle’s ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’ my first responsibility was to broadening and deepening my own subject knowledge. For example I learnt that the Victorian’s interest in the supernatural might have seemed at odds with the growing body of scientific and technological…
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29 Sep ’19 0