Category: Teaching

BELONG - RESPECT - ASPIRE - ACHIEVE

Hard graft and gratitude… Tom Roger

A few lessons learnt this week, tying in with #teachwellfest, recognition and gratitude. Learning most days in school leadership, from colleagues and those with plenty more school leadership experience than I have. Have spare neutral cards at your disposal so that you can leave a personal message for a colleague, when you are caught off…
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23 Jun ’18 0

Smile protector programme

Saturday 30th is #TeachWellFest. I am an advocating for the event because without positive staff well-being, there is no profession and second because I respect the investment of hard working, determined educators, putting staff well-being and career longevity in the spotlight. The names associated with event will hardly surprise you. They are the agitators and rabble-rousers,…
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23 Jun ’18 0

The Science of Learning Week 5

The final segment of an enjoyable learning experience. The first and important point, teaching children about brain plasticity, can change students self concept, their ideas of who they are. It can change the way they think about their ability not as something that’s fixed, but as something that they themselves can develop. This can help students…
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30 May ’18 0

Thinking about Thinking

Thinking about Thinking and metacognition seem to be a educational focus at the moment. What with the EEF paper and flurry or articles in the Chartered College of Teaching periodical – Impact. Couple that with the novice/expert learner conversation, it got me thinking. What does expert thinking look like? It is rare to find examples…
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30 May ’18 0

The Science of Learning Week 4

Consolidation of learning this week. First up, a discussion of long term retrieval. Working memory networks activated…”check.” Students engaged… “check.” Learning is happening, however, as we have learnt, our working memory networks are limited and the information held here is easily lost. How do we promote consolidation… this is particularly important for those teaching to…
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27 May ’18 0

The Science of Learning Week 3

I am trying very hard to keep pace. I am not sure 9pm is the best time to start studying? Week 3 is all about building of knowledge and understanding. We know that anxiety prevents our frontal cortex from being able to fully respond to a classroom learning opportunity. While on the other hand, anticipation of…
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26 May ’18 0