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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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Can we please stop competing about how hard we're working?

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​ Welcome to the inaugural 2017 Teacher Olympics! Due to the current funding crisis, we regret to inform you that the opening ceremony has been cancelled. It will be replaced instead by Justine Greening and the St Winifred's School Choir's rendition of 'There's No one Quite Like Grammar'. Following this, we launch straight into the first event: wei...
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Classroom Fad or Fix: Do we need to look a little closer at Lesson Study?

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What is it? Lesson Study is a continuous professional development (CPD) programme, based on an approach widely used in Japan. Teachers work together in small groups – usually threes – to investigate, plan and then teach 'research lessons' that meet a shared learning goal. Colleagues observe each other in these lessons  and give feedback o...
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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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