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Martin Burrett

Study finds cash and coins help engage primary maths students - 4 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 - 36 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 - 15 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 - 38 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.
Martin Burrett

'Singapore' approach to teaching maths can work in UK classrooms - 14 views

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    "Mastery - an approach to teaching maths commonly used in East Asian countries - can significantly benefit children in UK schools, a University of Exeter academic has found.

    The independent research, conducted by the Oxford University Department of Education, is the first academic study to show this teaching method, now supported by the UK Government, can be effective."
Martin Burrett

Building Resilience in our Learners by @cillachinchilla - 22 views

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    "As teachers, one of the biggest challenges that we face in the classroom is students who give up. 'I can't do it', 'It's too hard', 'I dunno'. We spend hours planning a lesson that could stretch and challenge our students, only to find that they don't want to be stretched and challenged because it's too much like hard work. Where do we go from here? How do we make sure that we are molding our learners to be Hobnobs rather than Rich Teas?"
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

Improving Knowledge Retrieval by @guruteaching - 18 views

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    "Watching my students' faces as I explain to them that they will be sitting a test in a fortnight is something to behold.  I often witness a whole range of emotions, from annoyance, to despair, to completely blank and unreadable expressions. It's never a good look! So, a priority I've been working on for the past few months is improving knowledge retrieval, so that when a test is announced, my students can deal with it in a much more positive way."
Martin Burrett

Student well-being is greater in classrooms with higher emotional intelligence - UKEdCh... - 12 views

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    "Group emotional intelligence represents the emotional intelligence shared by the students of a classroom, in other words, "the atmosphere in the group, the way the group addresses a problem, the capacity it has to understand the emotions being experienced in the classroom," explained Arantxa Gorostiaga, a researcher in the department of Social Psychology and Methodology of Behavioural Sciences and member of the UPV/EHU's Qualiker research group."
Martin Burrett

Boarding card and landing card by @PrimaryLessons - 28 views

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    "This idea has been developed from an idea in Talk-Less Teaching by Isabella Wallace and Leah Kirkman.

    I used it in the context of a SPAG lesson where Y6 pupils were answering test questions in preparation for the SATs test."
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

When fish come to school, kids get hooked on science - 14 views

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    "A programme that brings live fish into classrooms to teach the fundamentals of biology not only helps students learn, but improves their attitudes about science, a new study finds.

    The study of nearly 20,000 K-12 students, who raised zebrafish from embryos over the course of a week, found that kids at all grade levels showed significant learning gains. They also responded more positively to statements such as "I know what it's like to be a scientist." The results, to be published by the journal PLOS Biology, suggest that an immersive experience with a living creature can be a particularly successful strategy to engage young people in science, technology, engineering and maths."
Martin Burrett

Children gain confidence and social skills when schooled in local museum - 5 views

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    "A new report, published today by King's College London, shows the findings of four projects that for the first time in the UK placed Nursery, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 children in their local museum for extended residencies. The groups undertook many of their daily lessons and activities at their local museums for a period of between two weeks and up to a full term."
Martin Burrett

UKEdMag: 'I'm rubbish at Maths' How personal experience can influence teaching by @kara... - 11 views

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    I'm rubbish at Maths' are words that regularly come out of mouth during my adult life. This fixed mindset is deep rooted. When faced with a Maths challenge I have immediate flashbacks to those bottom set Maths lessons where everyone else were given more complicated problems with bigger numbers to solve. I may have a fixed mindset in terms of my own capabilities, but I believe every child has the capacity to be a fantastic Mathematician, if they are given the opportunity and are encouraged to have the belief in the 'power of yet'.
Martin Burrett

UKEdMag: Facilitating Effective STEM Learning by @smwordlaw - 13 views

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    "English…done! Reading…done! Assembly…go, go, go! Packed primary timetables can sometimes feel like you're racing through an army drill. It can be difficult to stop, and allow children time for deeper thought and study. Integrating meaningful STEM into the week can often feel like a bit of a headache. Project Based Learning as a method of teaching STEM, could be the solution to this. Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths are the four disciplines many schools are hoping to focus on this academic year, looking at an applied and integrated approach."
Martin Burrett

When do speech difficulties in children matter for literacy? - 6 views

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    A new study found that speech difficulties are linked with difficulties in learning to read when children first start school, but these effects are no longer apparent at 8 years of age.

    Researchers confirmed that early language impairment that co-occurs with speech difficulties predicts poor literacy skills at both 5½ and 8 years of age. Having a family history of dyslexia had a small but significant effect on literacy at both ages, above and beyond the effects of speech and language...
Martin Burrett

A ten-year development plan could keep teachers in job, says Sir David Carter - UKEdCha... - 11 views

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    Offering teachers a ten-year development plan, rather than the cyclical 1-year review meeting could be an integral part of keeping teachers in the profession, claimed Sir David Carter today at the GL Assessment conference in Manchester...
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