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The Value of Argument by @History__Girls - 23 views

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    "Debating societies may seem to be the preserve of Oxbridge and private schools, but there is a place for debating in classrooms everywhere, argues Gemma Jones

    Debating societies may seem to be the preserve of Oxbridge and private schools, but there is a place for debating in classrooms everywhere. From 'Why William Won the Battle of Hastings' to 'causes of the First World War', history is a natural subject to use debates to deepen knowledge in lessons. However, across the curriculum there is scope to engage the pupils in a structured debate to challenge misconceptions, structure arguments and encourage independent study. Additionally, participating in debates can develop confidence and public speaking skills."
Martin Burrett

Using praise (in brief) by @thisiseducation - 14 views

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    "Praise seems such an obvious part of a teacher's role that it is often overlooked. However, like all tools the use of praise does need constant practice and planning in order for it to become a positive habit. With care, its use can be a highly effective intervention that supports young people with social, emotional or mental health needs as well as benefitting all pupils."
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A tenured professor asks: Are you scared of your students? (essay) - 36 views

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    "Are You Scared of Your Students?
    A professor wonders whether the classroom has become an unsafe space for the faculty."
Martin Burrett

Children with dyspraxia anxious and downhearted - 14 views

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    "Children with developmental coordination disorder (DCD) - often referred to as dyspraxia - suffer much higher levels of emotional distress than their classmates and are frequently anxious and downhearted, new research highlighted at the ESRC Festival of Social Science shows.

    In the UK between 5-6 per cent of children are affected by DCD."
Martin Burrett

UKEdMag: Journeys in SEN: The Lift Off by @Tackela - 3 views

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    "The start of a new term and in walks little Johnny! It's his first day in a SEN school. He doesn't bite his nails though but he fidgets, fiddles and drifts off into early morning daydreams. Our quest as teacher and TA then begins. How do we reel him in? How do we get him to be here… with us?"
Martin Burrett

Positive school climates can narrow achievement gaps - 19 views

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    Positive school climates contribute to academic achievement and can improve outcomes for students from low socioeconomic backgrounds, according to a new study published today in Review of Educational Research, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Educational Research Association.
    In a comprehensive analysis of research published since 2000, U.S. and Israeli researchers found substantial evidence that schools with positive climates can narrow achievement gaps among students of different socioeconomic backgrounds and between students with stronger and weaker academic abilities...
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How I Rewired My Brain to Become Fluent in Math - Issue 17: Big Bangs - Nautilus - 2 views

  • By championing the importance of understanding, teachers can inadvertently set their students up for failure as those students blunder in illusions of competence. As one (failing) engineering student recently told me: “I just don’t see how I could have done so poorly. I understood it when you taught it in class.” My student may have thought he’d understood it at the time, and perhaps he did, but he’d never practiced using the concept to truly internalize it. He had not developed any kind of procedural fluency or ability to apply what he thought he understood.
  • Time after time, professors in mathematics and the sciences have told me that building well-ingrained chunks of expertise through practice and repetition was absolutely vital to their success. Understanding doesn’t build fluency; instead, fluency builds understanding. In fact, I believe that true understanding of a complex subject comes only from fluency.
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    "How I Rewired My Brain to Become Fluent in Math
    Sorry, education reformers, it's still memorization and repetition we need."
Martin Burrett

The Vested Interests in EdTech by @MrMcKavanaghRE - 8 views

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    Either it's the case that everyone is talking about Educational Technology (EdTech) at the moment, or it is true that you 'trap' yourself in bubbles of your own interest. Whilst either could be true, from conversations that I've either had in the staffroom or online, there is a real trend towards talking about which apps/websites/other pieces of cool kit you can use in the classroom in enhance or benefit the learning that is taking place...
Martin Burrett

Teaching about the "stress bucket" in schools by @sam_oldale - 19 views

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    A few months ago I went on a Mental Health First Aid in schools course. We learnt about the stress bucket.

    So it goes like this.

    Basically we all have a stress bucket. If it gets too full as the stresses of life flow in to it, it will over fill and over flow and we will begin to feel overwhelmed. Coping strategies are like a tap on the bucket and should be used to allow some of the stress to be released and will prevent us from becoming overwhelmed. If our stress bucket gets too full we can suffer from mental ill health. Some life events such as bereavement, illness etc. can cause our buckets to overflow quite quickly but sometimes small life stressors can build and accumulate also causing our buckets to fill...
Martin Burrett

How to: survive teacher training by @NQTBlogger101 - UKEdChat.com - 12 views

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    I tried to think of a different way of titling this post, I wasn't keen on the word 'surviving' but the more I thought about it, the more I realised that actually, you really do feel like you're surviving… Just about. I've been onto Twitter, Instagram and even scrolled through my personal Facebook a few times to discover that Teacher Training Nerves are setting in. Now, I know you've probably (definitely) heard some complete horror stories but let's begin with an open mind. Having just completed the PGCE, I totally understand why you are so nervy and that is why I've created this post… So, sit back, take a deep breath and repeat "I can do this"...
Martin Burrett

UKEdMag: Get their hands dirty! by @MissNina1983 - 8 views

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    It is essential that children in today's 'technology focused world' get real, hands-on experiences. The only things that some of my children have in their hands, once at home, are games console controls! By making learning fun and interactive we can engage children in finding out about the world around them and their past, instilling a love of learning and giving them some practical skills to use in the real world...
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Pareto Knew How To Balance It All by @ArtyTeach79 - 18 views

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    "In an ever demanding world the need to balance school and home life has never been greater. Recently I explored and shared with staff the 80/20 principle."
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It's Just a Matter of Time - 57 views

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    As teachers our time is unfortunately finite, but there are ways that we can use time in the classroom to have a positive impact on learning, progress, attitudes and mindset. In this article I hope you will find something that will really resonate. It is important that you carefully discriminate and find the new tips that work for you. After all, we don't have much time.
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10 Signs You're in Trouble at College - US News - 24 views

  • 1. Your average is below C or you're getting D's in some of your courses.
  • 2. You're constantly asking for (and even getting) extensions and incompletes.
  • 3. You can't follow what the professor says in lecture—ever.
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  • 4. You're spending every waking moment of the day doing the reading or the homework.
  • 5. You're living off your credit cards.
  • 6. You can't get through the basic requirements.
  • 7. You're going home every weekend or on the cellphone with your parents five times a day.
  • 8. You can't get through the day without some medication.
  • 9. You spend every waking moment on some medium.
  • 10. You feel overwhelmed, all of the time.
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    I will share this with my undergraduates next semester.
Martin Burrett

To boldly go in a different direction - 42 views

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    Article based in a science class discussing the value of seizing opportunities
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