What are the essential qualities of a good teacher?

“When someone takes away your pens you realize quite how important education is.” This is a quote from Malala Yousafzai, who at age 17 became a Nobel Prize winning advocate for education. Indeed, Malala’s life story shows the importance of education and lengths people will go to in its pursuit. At the heart of a … Continue reading What are the essential qualities of a good teacher?

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!

That Time Hugh Jackman Applied To Be A Teacher

Actors have changed careers in many different ways, but how about going from movie star to teacher?  Here is how Hugh Jackman did. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fipSEmdj3i0&t=27s 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

The growing workload of Teachers and the sacrifices they make

There are some jobs in life that are considered vocations, not just another job but a true calling in life.  Teaching is one of these.  Education is the life blood of our society, and our teachers are in many ways guiding architects.  However, teachers are continually and increasingly pressurised.  The costs to themselves and the … Continue reading The growing workload of Teachers and the sacrifices they make

Cognitive Load Theory – “the single most important thing for teachers to know”

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Earlier, renowned educationalist Dylan Wiliam tweeted:

I therefore thought that I would take the opportunity to suggest a few articles that teachers can access to find out more.

Firstly, I have written a piece for The Conversation that provides a very basic introduction to Cognitive Load Theory (CLT), demonstrating how it applies to practical teaching problems.

In his tweet, Wiliam provides a link to a paper on the history of CLT written by John Sweller which also outlines some practical issues.

I first became aware of CLT through reading the seminal paper “Why Minimal Guidance During Instruction Does Not Work: An Analysis of the Failure of Constructivist, Discovery, Problem Based, Experiential, and Inquiry-Based Teaching,” by Paul Kirschner, John Sweller and Richard Clark. This…

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