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Teachers, stop using collective punishment – it makes you look weak and lazy

I have given up on collective punishment. Don't get me wrong, I have been that teacher. It was many years ago, but I can still feel the sheer desperation and the feeling of vindictive hatred towards the pupils who had wrecked my well-intended, well-planned lesson. Eventually, I realised it was wrong – or perhaps I got better at managing my classes ...
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Dear students, thank you for being so wonderful that I forget about the stress and enjoy my career

Dear students,Thank you. You may not know it, but you're fantastic.As the teacher, it is my job to create an environment that's as conducive to learning as possible. This may include considering seating arrangements, presentation of material, my attitude in class, how I handle discipline etc and, as much as I consider all of these aspects of the cl...
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Classroom Fad or Fix? The many sides of mixed-ability grouping

What is it?The process of putting students into classes that have a mix of abilities, rather than streaming them into sets alongside others of a similar attainment level. The practice is still quite rare in England's schools (both primary and secondary), with most leaders opting for the more traditional approach of setting by ability, particularly ...
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As a secondary maths teacher with over 20 years of teaching experience, this year I was thrown into mixed ability teaching. Maybe ... Read More
Sunday, 27 May 2018 08:22
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A beginner’s guide to Professor Robert Coe

Where does he work? Before starting his career as an academic, Coe was a maths teacher in a number of secondary schools and colleges. He left teaching in 1995 to study a PhD at Durham University, where he later became a research associate and lecturer. Coe is still at Durham, and is currently professor in the School of Education and direc...
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A beginner’s guide to Daisy Christodoulou

University Challenge fans may remember Daisy Christodoulou: she was described as "Britain's brightest student" after her outstanding performance on the 2006-07 series, where she captained the University of Warwick's team (you can catch the final on YouTube here).Fast forward a decade and the student is now a teacher. Christodoulou initially be...
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