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Martin Burrett

Off to #BETT2017? Explore 'UKEdChat's Must Visit' stands - UKEdChat.com - 1 views

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    "we have compiled six specialist lists for delegates, pointing out some of the smaller exhibitors at the show.
    Complimented by a PDF route map, which will be handed out to delegates at the show, the lists and route map suggest stands which might be of interest for educators at the show."
Martin Burrett

The Power of Scalextrics by @chrisbourne2win - 14 views

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    "During one of the standard visits to see family and friends recently, I came across a childhood game that had captured the imaginations of many a youngster in my generation…Scalextrics!

    A friend of mine had bought the classic car racing game for his five-year old son and I could not turn down the opportunity of a race…with the reasoning of showing my 11-month old daughter how it works ***cough, cough***."
Martin Burrett

Mapswipe - 50 views

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    "Want to explore the world through maps and help with humanitarian work at the same time? Map remote locations to help the Red Cross and Medecins Sans Frontieres and do just that!"
Martin Burrett

12 things teachers can do to help reduce stress - 68 views

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    Yay, another new year! Where does the time go? Being a teacher is a stressful job, but one of the most rewarding vocations available. Sometimes, it is possible to lose sight of the important things in life, as the stress of the job takes over your life. We all make resolutions with good intentions, but reducing work stress is critical for ensuring that the job doesn't absorb every waking moment in your life.

    Below are 12 suggestions on how teachers (and school leaders) can reduce stress, for themselves, for colleagues, and for pupils. Some of the suggestions might seem obvious, but it's nice to be reminded, and to allow you to reflect on opportunities you have to reduce some of the stress in your life.
Martin Burrett

Imaginary Geometry - Kanizsa Figures by @CambridgeMaths - 30 views

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    "Italian psychologist Geatano Kanizsa first described this optical illusion in 1955 as a subjective or illusory contour illusion. The study of such optical illusions has led to an understanding of how the brain and eyes perceive optical information and has been used considerably by artists and designers alike. They show the power of human imagination in filling in the gaps to make implied constructions in our own minds.

    Kanizsa figures and similar illusions are a really useful way to encourage learners to 'say what they see' and to explain how they see it. It offers a chance for others to become aware of the different views available in a diagram and share their own thoughts without the 'danger' of being wrong; many people see different things."
Martin Burrett

Gift Stack - 12 views

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    Play this fun Christmas stacking game. Each present you stack moves a little faster. How high can you stack them?
Martin Burrett

Design Your Own Gingerbread House - 13 views

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    Design your own Christmas Gingerbread house with is fun activity. Once you have finished you can print out your creation.
Martin Burrett

Ice Breaker - 38 views

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    Ice Breaker is a superb logic game that will provide hours of frustration and delight in equal measure.
Martin Burrett

A Social Media Journey - 17 views

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    Back in 2011 I was working in the Middle East
    when a colleague introduced me to Twitter as a
    tool for professional development and connecting
    with fellow educators. Prior to this I was aware of
    Facebook and Twitter, however I considered both
    as being about nothing more than apps for sharing
    cute cat videos and status updates. I had a Twitter
    account for years, however hadn't thought about
    how it might be a powerful tool to help me become
    a better educator and provide me with a wealth of
    new ideas and resources which I previously had not
    had access to. I had barely used the account beyond
    the initial setup...
Martin Burrett

Internet use in class tied to lower test scores - 28 views

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    "Warning: Surfing the internet in class is now linked to poorer test scores, even among the most intelligent and motivated of students.
    Michigan State University researchers studied laptop use in an introductory psychology course and found the average time spent browsing the web for non-class-related purposes was 37 minutes. Students spent the most time on social media, reading email, shopping for items such as clothes and watching videos."
Martin Burrett

3 steps to raising academic attainment through your school library by @Elizabethutch - 29 views

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    "I have created several posts recently about how Headteachers/Principals, teachers and librarians can work together in order to make a difference to academic attainment. If we are to effect change I do believe it has to come from the top. There are, however, many teachers out there that have never worked alongside a school librarian and have no idea what we can do for them or their students and we need to find a way to change this ourselves too. Which teacher would say no to free help and resources within their classrooms? Not many, I'm sure, so this has to be down to a lack of knowledge and understanding of what we do and this is where we can all do something. So whilst working towards change at the top, librarians need to find a way to start collaborating with those who never use the library and encouraging those who are already working with us to start sharing their best practice."
Martin Burrett

December 2016 UKEd Magazine - 15 views

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    Free online education magazine to read or download (PDF)
    This issue has a 'Teacher Network' theme.
Martin Burrett

Study finds cash and coins help engage primary maths students - 7 views

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    "Primary school students are more likely to understand and engage with maths if classes use real money and real-life projects, according to a Western Sydney University pilot study.
    The findings come as Australian students lag behind other countries in maths, with Year 4 students dropping from 18th to 28th out of 49 countries in year 4 maths in the latest Trends in International Mathematics and Science study."
Martin Burrett

Real Life Maths: Potions Lesson by @PrimaryLessons - 39 views

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    "This is a really good way of testing out practical measuring skills in Maths lessons.

    I always teach 'measuring' by incorporating a Harry Potter themed Potions lesson. Pupils follow potion recipes to create potions from the Harry Potter universe, e.g. Polyjuice Potion or Skele-gro. I have a mixture of powders (cornflour), plants (herbs) and potions (water with food colouring). I then have pipettes, a range of different containers with different scales for measuring liquids, scales for measuring the plants and powders, in addition to gloves for handling the 'poisonous' plants, a pestle and mortar for the plants and stopwatches for timing."
Martin Burrett

Why avoiding in-school politics isn't always the best policy - UKEdChat.com - 16 views

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    "Schools are inherently full of different characters. With a mix of personalities, students and staff can often clash with each other, using different strategies to gain the upper hand, or simply to avoid conflict and live a quiet life. Yet, there are those characters who can be sneaky, back-stabbing, manipulative or darn right confrontational. It's these people who know how to play politics to win friends, influence and possibly to gain the upper hand in climbing the next step on the career ladder."
Martin Burrett

Reducing Stress for All - UKEdChat Summary - 13 views

Martin Burrett

Video Idea Advent Calendar - 21 views

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    "Record a video of less than 2 minutes with a teaching idea that you would like to share as part of UKEdChat's Teaching Idea Advent Calendar throughout December."
Martin Burrett

Adolescents do not 'get the gist' when it comes to making risky decisions online - 18 views

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    "Adolescents are more likely than adults to take online risks, regardless of the gamble involved, according to new research by the University of Plymouth.

    The study, led by Claire White from the School of Psychology, was carried out to explore the psychological mechanisms underpinning why teenagers are more likely to take risks online when compared to young adults."
Martin Burrett

Photo Scan - 40 views

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    An iOS and Android app from Google designed to scan printed photos to make a digital version using the device's camera, but it is very good for scanner students work too.
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