Sir Ken Robinson – Bring On The Learning Revolution

Here is another amazing Ted Talk by Sir Ken Robinson about education and the way it can encourage or take us away from our talents. He speaks about a second climate crisis where the resources are people and the talents that exist within them.  It makes for fascinating viewing. Do you think education nurtures the … Continue reading Sir Ken Robinson – Bring On The Learning Revolution

Teachers! The Guardian Newspaper Needs Your Help!

2017 has been a challenging year in almost every sphere of life, and teaching is no different.  From budgets to policy, teachers have seen more than their fair share of challenges.  With that in mind, the Guardian newspaper are asking for the lessons you as teachers have learnt this year. "Whatever it is, we’d like … Continue reading Teachers! The Guardian Newspaper Needs Your Help!

An End To Rote Learning?

This is what Dr Ashok Jansari, a cognitive neuropsychologist at Goldsmiths University is suggesting.  Dr Jansari states that pupils do not retain well what they have learned by rote.  Instead he recommends that students use the information immediately. In what has been called the "testing effect", testing students immediately after learning something has been shown … Continue reading An End To Rote Learning?

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20 years a teacher

On Thursday night I presented at the Specialist School and Academies Trust (#SSATNC14) Teachmeet. The theme of my 5 minute presentation was on the issue of staff well-being. This was a mini version of the presentation Mark Healy (@cijane02) was due to present at David Fawcett (@davidfawcett27) and Jen Lud’s (@MissJLud) TLT14, which myself and Tania Harding (@taniaf77) delivered on his behalf.

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It is an idea I have returned to this half term (at our TLT14 tea party last week) which links to my theory that a happy staff equals happy students.

Simple but who knows!

I often wonder if the job of leadership is to look after the staff. The teachers you have in the building. The ones who look after your students. It appears as though the recruitment crisis will (is) start(ing) to bite sooner rather than later. If we continue to…

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As a Teacher, has Copyright ever been an issue for you?

Copyright comes into many elements of society, including the classroom.  As technology advances this is an increasingly important issue. Students can encounter this through plagiarism of assignments, but also through the usage of media in projects.   I encountered this during university when I had to contact the licensers of Bloc Party to use their … Continue reading As a Teacher, has Copyright ever been an issue for you?

Reblog – Rising aspirations met with education. — BlueFishh

The aspirations of people living in developing countries are on the rise due to an increase in internet access among the population. These rising aspirations could either be met by opportunity or frustration. Is it our job, here in the developed world, to help opportunity prevail? I’d say so. via Rising aspirations met with education. — … Continue reading Reblog – Rising aspirations met with education. — BlueFishh

A view on Standardised Testing

Here is a fascinating view on a standardised testing focussed teaching, the real purpose of an education and the gap she feels that exists between them.  Whilst the speaker is talking about America, it has a broad application.  What are views on this?  Comment and share! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=woVtj8GH678 Dave Horn Kappu Education Blogger and Researcher

Teacher Life In Six Memes

When Government policy changes and some really important aspects are no longer priorities. When something good happens and you remember what got you into teaching in the first place. The moment an unexpected and unrealistic inspection is carried out. When a mountain of marking also equals a mountain of deciphering and alternative interpretation. ... and … Continue reading Teacher Life In Six Memes