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Contents contributed and discussions participated by Martin Burrett

Martin Burrett

UKEdChat Magazine - Issue 46 - 13 views

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    Free and open magazine for educators
Martin Burrett

UKEdChat Magazine - Issue 46 [Early Access] - 2 views

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    UKEdChat Patrons get early access to the latest UKEdChat magazine.
Martin Burrett

Genius Hour Projects: Not just for Primary Schools by @hecticteacher - 20 views

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    "Genius Hour: From discussions with Primary school teacher friends of mine it was pointed out that something happened in Year 7 that changed students from the risk taking and independent learners that they were in Year 6 into passive learners by the end of Year 7. I had noticed the same thing with my own niece as she transitioned from primary to secondary, so I started to think about what was causing it. The more I looked the more I noticed that in secondary there is very little opportunity for students to make choices or take ownership of their learning and I wanted to change this."
Martin Burrett

Reading to therapy dogs improves literacy attitudes in second-grade students - 7 views

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    "Second-grade students who read aloud to dogs in an after-school program demonstrated improved attitudes about reading, according to researchers at Tufts Institute for Human-Animal Interaction at Tufts University. Their research appears online in advance of print in the Early Childhood Education Journal.

    Reading skills are often associated with improved academic performance and positive attitudes about school in children. Researchers wanted to learn if animal-assisted intervention in the form of reading aloud to dogs in a classroom setting could contribute to improved skills and attitudes."
Martin Burrett

Storytime a 'turbocharger' for a child's brain - 8 views

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    "Storytime: While reading to children has many benefits, simply speaking the words aloud may not be enough to improve cognitive development in preschoolers.

    A new international study, published in the journal PLOS ONE and led by researchers at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, shows that engaging with children while reading books to them gives their brain a cognitive "boost.""
Martin Burrett

Bouncy Balls - 27 views

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    "Want a new way to moderate the volume in your class? Tell them not to make the balls bounce with this great resource. There are new modes including bubbles, and emojis."
Martin Burrett

Good, Great, Fantastic… by @keeponteeping - 19 views

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    "I was introduced to the Good/Great/Awesome techniques in some TEEP training in November last year. I immediately placed it in my "to-do right away" pile. As an intrinsically positive person, and teacher, who always strives to build students' self esteem and promote the growth mindset in all who pass through my classroom; I found the idea of offering 3 levels of positivity much more appealing that the previous wording.

    I implemented this strategy quickly and personally added in an overarching learning objective, so students could see each stage of G/G/F as building blocks. I coloured coded them, as is common, and occasionally colour coordinate to grades or tasks."
Martin Burrett

Book review- When the adults change, everything changes by @pivotalpaul - 7 views

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    "Even with 'expert' advice from consultants, self-proclaimed gurus, or politicians, managing behaviour in secondary schools is an art within itself. Different personalities, socio-economic conditions and expectations are all unique to each individual setting so no one slant on how to manage behaviour will suit all schools. Yet the role of pastoral care in many schools has evidently been diminished with the focus turning towards academic achievement in high stakes exam results, with pupils being reduced to 'units of progress'. This is not only a UK shift in focus, with many jurisdictions around the world following a similar pattern."
Martin Burrett

@Digicoled's Digest - Computing, for all? - 3 views

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    "Evidence gathered from The Royal Society showed that "pedagogies for computing in schools remain less developed than those for other subjects", and that "the provision of the subject at GCSE was sporadic". Recommendations from the report suggest a push to realise the ambition of recent curriculum and qualifications reforms, to improve gender balance in computing, and ensure there is a strong supply of computing teachers entering the profession."
Martin Burrett

Patronage For Teachers - 3 views

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    "Schools achieve amazing things everyday, especially when educators and students have the right resources and experience. However, with funding at chronically low levels in many education systems around the world, schools are looking for innovative ways to invest more funds into the classroom, beyond simply asking parents to make up the shortfall. 
    The idea of patronage for scholars and artisans by philanthropists is nothing new and has its roots in the ancient past."
Martin Burrett

Map of Educators on Twitter - 16 views

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    An internation map of educators on Twitter. Browse educators to follow and add yourself
Martin Burrett

Video: Martin Burrett - 10 views

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    "here is @ICTmagic sharing EdTech tools to use in the classroom."
Martin Burrett

The UKEd Podcast - Episode 14 - @StarbuckEdu - Play & EYFS - 3 views

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    "Hosted by @digicoled, this episode we release the audio of one of the presentations from the UKEdChat Online Conference. James Starbucks shares his thoughts, philosophies and passion for play-based learning, especially for young children developing their lives. You can see James' full video presentation, and others, from the conference replay page at ukedchat.com/conference/2017-conference-replays/ which also explains how you can access by becoming a Patron of UKEdChat."
Martin Burrett

4 Premium Productivity Apps to Support Teachers - 22 views

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    "As the development of apps has evolved, including the platforms they operate on, the ability to ease the organisational challenges in life have become more refined. Whilst the apps featured in this article come at a premium, the features that they display make organising busy lives less complex, with clever design, features and functionality that will keep you ready for the daily trials of being a busy teacher.

    The apps mentioned in this article are mainly built for Apple devices (iPhone / iPad / Mac), with links directing to the relevant App Stores, unless otherwise indicated."
Martin Burrett

Aquation - 15 views

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    Game teaching about water conservation and management where users choose water policy, research and inferstructure on a global stage.
Martin Burrett

Reflection - Are we part of the problem? by @sheep2763 - 22 views

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    "I went shopping at 8 o'clock one evening in my local supermarket (one of the German chains) and was chatting to the man on the checkout who was moaning about his job and his employer.

    He says he has to work very long hours (tonight he was going to finish at 1:00am) - longer than his contract says he should; he gets paid for the hours he works but only at standard hours. He doesn't like some of the jobs, they are not really his responsibility but they have to be done. There is a union but they don't seem to be very helpful. His bosses don't always seem to consider the consequences of their actions - the manager was leaving as I was being served and commented that he'd left two bags of garbage on a till further along and they would need moving in a bit. The man serving was the only person on the tills and he said that between customers (there weren't many at this time of the evening) he had to move the garbage and clean all of the tills then when the store closed he needed to work at changing stock and stacking shelves. As the manager left he turned and said, "I asked Matt if he could stay and help you but he gave an unequivocal no!""
Martin Burrett

Montessori preschool boosts academic results and reduces income-based inequalit - 4 views

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    "Not only do Montessori children do better overall than those in conventional preschools, but Montessori preschools help low-income children to perform as well as wealthier children

    Children in Montessori preschools show improved academic performance and social understanding, while enjoying their school work more, finds the first longitudinal study of Montessori education outcomes. Strikingly, children from low-income families, who typically don't perform as well at school, show similar academic performance as children from high-income families. Children with low executive function similarly benefit from Montessori preschools. The study, published in Frontiers in Psychology, suggests that well-implemented Montessori education could be a powerful way to help disadvantaged children to achieve their academic potential."
Martin Burrett

Starting at age 6, children spontaneously practice skills to prepare for the future - 10 views

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    "Deliberate practice is essential for improving a wide range of skills important for everyday life, from tying shoelaces to reading and writing. Yet despite its importance for developing basic skills, academic success, and expertise, we know little about the development of deliberate practice. A new study from Australia found that children spontaneously practice skills to prepare for the future starting at the age of 6. The study, from researchers at the University of Queensland, is published in the journal Child Development."
Martin Burrett

Study highlights value of acknowledging adolescents' perspectives - 12 views

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    "Across very different cultures - Ghana and the United States - when parents acknowledge the perspectives of their adolescent children and encourage them to express themselves, the youths have a stronger sense of self-worth, intrinsic motivation, and engagement, and also have less depression. Yet having the latitude to make decisions appears to function differently in the two cultures, with positive outcomes for youths in the United States but not in Ghana."
Martin Burrett

Metacognition training boosts gen chem exam scores - 11 views

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    "It's a lesson in scholastic humility: You waltz into an exam, confident that you've got a good enough grip on the class material to swing an 80 percent or so, maybe a 90 if some of the questions go your way."
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