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Assessment isn’t the big, bad wolf of education – our perception of it is the problem

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In the current education debate, I believe assessment is unfairly judged. It is easy fodder for persecution because it is misunderstood and often carries negative connotations with students, teachers, parents and the administration. Part of the problem – and I'm not sure how it happened – is that many people have come to think of assessment and tes...
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World Book Day 2018: top tweets from schools and teachers

World Book Day 2018: top tweets from schools and teachers
​Teachers across the country have battled Storm Emma, The Beast From The East and last-minute costume nightmares to make it into schools today. Why? Well, there's just nothing quite like World Book Day.  Here, we've rounded up a selection of the top tweets from schools and teachers around the country. Have we missed one? Send us your...
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MarkMHolloway
Nice post.
Saturday, 27 October 2018 11:16
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What research do you need to make evidence-informed decisions about edtech?

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Every year at BETT I play a little game: I go up to stalls and ask how they know whether their product makes a difference to what or how well children learn. In the past, I have been met with blank stares or told that "children just love it". This year was different, though: I was impressed by the number of companies that could talk about how resea...
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If teachers could learn from each other more, maybe teaching could be a lifelong profession – not a four-year sacrifice

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When I started in teaching, I wanted to copy everything I loved about the teachers who had made a difference to me. By the time I started in the classroom I was very much in favour of being tough on kids and demanding superb output from them. I was anti-liberal and, looking back, too much so. Teaching English was a huge amount of fun, but in my ear...
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How to run a journal club in your school: top tips from research

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  For any school dipping their toe into evidence-based practice, journal clubs may seem like an obvious activity to try. It gives teachers chance to engage with research and discuss their ideas, and how they might implement the findings, with colleagues in a supportive, environment. But what does the research say about how journal clubs work b...
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