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​A guide to optimism and how to develop it among your students (hint: it's got nothing to do with how full your glass is)

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Optimism: it's all about whether the glass half full or half empty, right? Wrong. It turns out that most people have the wrong idea of optimism. So what exactly is it? How important is it? And, most crucially, can you learn to be optimistic? Let's start with a quick test. You can choose only one answer per question. 1) You get lost driving to a fri...
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Twitter chat round-up: advice for NQTs on using research in the classroom

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Our latest Twitter #NQTsurgery was all about education research – and our panel of experts had a huge supply of useful advice for teachers (old and new) who want to make sure their practice is evidence-based. We've rounded up the highlights below, but you can check out the whole chat by looking at the #NQTsurgery on Twitter. Don't forget to visit E...
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Twitter NQT surgery: how to use research in the classroom

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Evidence-based practice is important for teachers at all stages in their career. We all want the approaches and innovations we use to be the ones that have the greatest impact on our young people – and we don't want to waste our precious time and energy on teaching strategies and interventions that just don't work. But there is a lot of education r...
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A beginner's guide to Pasi Sahlberg

A beginner's guide to Pasi Sahlberg
Where does he work?  Pasi Sahlberg is currently visiting professor of practice at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and was formerly director general of the Centre for International Mobility and Cooperation in Finland. He gained his PhD in 1996 at the University of Jyvaskyla, Finland. Quick facts:  Born: 1969  Nationalit...
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How to get the most out of lesson observations

How to get the most out of lesson observations
There are certain things that you will be doing a lot of as a teacher: planning, marking, telling pupils to tuck their shirts in. Then there are the things you will want to do a lot more of: sleeping, extracurricular adventures, sleeping. Observations, however, absolutely need to be in the first group – they may not be scheduled into your timetable...
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