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Can we please stop competing about how hard we're working?

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​ Welcome to the inaugural 2017 Teacher Olympics! Due to the current funding crisis, we regret to inform you that the opening ceremony has been cancelled. It will be replaced instead by Justine Greening and the St Winifred's School Choir's rendition of 'There's No one Quite Like Grammar'. Following this, we launch straight into the first event: wei...
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Classroom Fad or Fix: Do we need to look a little closer at Lesson Study?

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What is it? Lesson Study is a continuous professional development (CPD) programme, based on an approach widely used in Japan. Teachers work together in small groups – usually threes – to investigate, plan and then teach "research lessons" that meet a shared learning goal. Colleagues observe each other in these lessons, and give feedback on its effe...
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A modest proposal from a language teacher: let's stop using b*llocks learning outcomes

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Any discussion among teachers about good practice will get around, at some point, to learning outcomes. Conversation will often turn to Bloom's Taxonomy and the attendant verbs connected to the "lower" and "higher" order "thinking skills". And then someone will raise the idea of SMART targets, which, in conjunction with Bloom's, enable us to develo...
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Five scientifically proven ways to help your students master the art of concentration

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A recent study found that students' minds are most likely to wander in class on Mondays and Fridays . Getting rid of weekends (which are clearly very distracting) isn't an option, but there are ways to help improve their concentration, even from a very young age . Here's how. Encourage them to eat a healthy breakfast   There is a growing ...
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Can't convince your colleagues about the value of evidence? You may be a victim of the backfire effect

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One of the challenges faced by school research leads is the need to engage with colleagues who have different views about the role of evidence in bringing about improvement. In fact, it's not just the role of evidence that's likely to be debated – you might even face differing views about the evidence itself. In 2010, two researchers – Brendan Nyha...
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