A beginner’s guide to: Professor Robert A Bjork

What is he best known for: Being an internationally renowned expert on learning, memory and forgetting – his research focuses on the implications the science of learning has for education. Quick facts: Born: 1939 Nationality: American Professional bio: Professor Robert A Bjork Where does he work: ​Bjork is Distinguished Professor of ...
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Six behaviours teachers should praise to help pupils build a growth mindset

Byline: Bradley Busch Ask someone about growth mindset, and the majority of people will be able to tell you that it is different from a fixed mindset. We've blogged previously about the best way to capture people's attention and desire for developing their mindset, as well as why it's best not to overstate the benefits. But what people really want ...
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Focus on ... Professor Robert Coe and the importance of evidence-based education

A small group of UK educational researchers have been trying to promote 'evidence-based' education for some time. With the establishment of ResearchED and the Educational Endowment Foundation - and its teacher-oriented toolkit reviewing the relative cost and benefit of different interventions - research informed practice is now firmly on the politi...
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'Good teachers can be made' says Doug Lemov

The central assertion of Doug Lemov's philosophy is that 'good teachers can be made'. Lemov is author of Teach Like a Champion, a book which has rapidly earned the status of 'teaching bible' among new teachers.  Lemov is also managing director of Uncommon Schools, a chain of 42 charter schools in the United States. His influence is spreading a...
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Formative assessment. How do teachers know their students are learning?

The short answer is, of course, that they don't. Not unless they get effective, structured feedback from their students. This is where 'formative assessment' comes in. Paul Black and Dylan Wiliam, in their seminal work, 'Inside the black box: raising standards through classroom assessment' define formative assessment as encompassing: "all those act...
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