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How to unwind over Christmas: top tips for teachers

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 It's the most wonderful time of year – unless you spend it stressing about school, of course. The Christmas break comes at the end of what many teachers say is the toughest term of the year, so it's imperative that you recuperate properly. We spoke to teachers and other experts to get their advice on making the most of break. Elizabeth Aubrey...
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A beginner’s guide to Tony Wagner

Quick facts: Nationality:  American Twitter: @DrTonyWagner Website:   http://www.tonywagner.com/ LinkedIn: Where does he work? Tony Wagner is a Senior Research Fellow at the Learning Policy Institute, an organisation which conducts independent research into educational practises and advocates for evidence based policymaking in the ed...
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Risky business: why teenagers are more likely to get wet in the rain

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We were delivering a CPD session for teachers recently, and a storm started as we were leaving. While we were waiting for the rain to pass, one of the teachers commented that her students had a curious relationship with umbrellas. She noted that Year 7 students used them, as did sixth-form students, but those in the inbetween years often refused. W...
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Let’s save homework – and start doing it right

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Homework has taken a lot of flack lately. Unduly so, I believe. There is a push – and even a hashtag, #ditchHW – to end the practice of teacher-prescribed homework for students. Most of those who oppose it cite either a lack of evidence for its effectiveness or a more pressing need for quality family time. I totally sympathise with the argument for...
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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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