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A beginner’s guide to Jo Boaler

A beginner’s guide to Jo Boaler
Where does she work? Jo Boaler is currently a professor of mathematics education at Stanford University, and faculty director of YouCubed, a provider of new and innovative techniques and resources for the teaching of maths. She completed her PhD in mathematics education at King's College London. Quick facts: Born:  1964 Nationality: Briti...
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Classroom Fad or Fix? The many sides of mixed-ability grouping

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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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​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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