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Peter Beens

BBC News - Why is teaching so stressful? - 115 views

  • "When a teacher becomes highly stressed, then their capacity to manage the classroom and relationships is often impaired."
  • teaching is the most stressful occupation there is
  • About 80% of teachers complain about stress at work and thousands of teachers leave the profession every year - predominantly due to stress
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  • "In a classroom of 25 to 30 pupils, all with individual needs, you have to be on top of your game - particularly if you have a challenging class."
  • "In badly managed schools, head teachers are adding to the stress.
  • "Time away from the classroom is sometimes the best way to safeguard the well-being of individual teachers and prevent good teachers from leaving the profession altogether.
  • "Sickness absence decreases - and therefore standards of education for pupils improve - when schools implement meaningful policies that protect and enhance teachers' well-being."
Steve Ransom

BBC News - Plagiarism: The Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V boom - 87 views

  • "There's no such thing as originality anyway, just authenticity."
  • "Being 'original' does not mean having novel ideas never before expressed by a human. It simply means doing the work for yourself."
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    "There's no such thing as originality anyway, just authenticity."
    Carroll agrees: "Being 'original' does not mean having novel ideas never before expressed by a human. It simply means doing the work for yourself."
Ann Steckel

BBC News - Is multi-tasking a myth? - 36 views

  • What that suggests, the researchers say, is that multi-task are more easily distracted by irrelevant information. The more we multi-task, the less we are able to focus properly on just one thing.
  • A raft of studies has found that, actually, multi-tasking is a good way to do several things badly.
  • We're not really multi-tasking. We're switching between tasks in an unfocused or clumsy way."
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  • Amazing, but as it turns out, quite logical. "The brain has very specialised modules for different tasks, like language processing and spatial recognition. It stands to reason that two similar tasks are much harder to do simultaneously, because they're using similar bits of tissue."
  • Driving and talking doesn't use the same bits of brain. Answering an e-mail while chatting on the phone does. In effect, we are creating information bottlenecks.
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