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Contents contributed and discussions participated by Martin Burrett

Martin Burrett

Peer or Self-Assessment? Benefits and Challenges by @RichardJARogers - 0 views

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    "There's no doubt about it - getting students involved in their own assessment and marking has a wide variety of benefits.

    Take this great summary by Rosario Hernandez at University College Dublin for example, which explains that peer-assessment benefits students in four key ways:

    Promotes high-quality learning
    Contributes to skills development
    Furthers personal development
    Increases students' confidence, reduces stress and improves student motivation"
Martin Burrett

Research: Children see words and faces differently from adults - 3 views

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    "Young children literally see words and faces differently from adults. Where adults can most easily comprehend a word when they look at it straight on, children need to look a bit up and to the left. For faces, they need to look a bit up and to the right.

    What's more, those differences are accompanied by previously undetected changes in the brain circuits responsible for processing words and faces, researchers report Feb. 23 in Nature Communications."
Martin Burrett

Magic Squares - 11 views

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    "This is a maths resource that can be used to challenge pupils to complete a magic square, using only the numbers provided, to make sure that each row, column and diagonal all add up to the focused magic number. The resource provided challenges students to add up to 9, 12, 15 & 18, and could be used as a homework challenge, an additional classroom activity, or as a main activity within a maths lesson. Challenge pupils to work on two different methods for each magic number. This activity could be adapted with larger number, and other mathematic operations"
Martin Burrett

Social media to blame for poor grades? - 13 views

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    ""Concerns regarding the allegedly disastrous consequences of social networking sites on school performance are unfounded," says Professor Markus Appel, a psychologist who holds the Chair of Media Communication at Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg (JMU) in Bavaria, Germany.

    Markus Appel, PhD student Caroline Marker (JMU) and Timo Gnambs from the University of Bamberg have taken a closer look at how the social media use of adolescents correlates with their school grades. "There are several contradictory single studies on this subject and this has made it difficult previously to properly assess all results," Marker says. Some studies report negative impacts of Snapchat & Co., others describe a positive influence and again others do not find any relationship at all."
Martin Burrett

When Technology and Classrooms Collide…by @JMcKay1972 - 6 views

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    "Development of technology within the classroom can aide the identification of contextual factors that may or may not contribute to effective use of technology in enhancing quality learning experiences. Factors such as organisational culture, teacher self-efficacy and their confidence and experience in utilising technology, resources and learner engagement all have to be considered to allow for an integrated approach."
Martin Burrett

Sharing Professional Development & Up-Skilling Others - 15 views

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    Join #UKEdChat at 8pm(UK) on Thursday to discuss Sharing Professional Development & Up-Skilling Others
Martin Burrett

Bulk QR Code Generator - 32 views

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    "Like to create treasure hunts, audio feedback printables, easy links to video instructions and more? Use this Bulk QR code generator. Simply add the link or text to this spreadsheet and the QR code will pop up ready to print."
Martin Burrett

UKEd Update - 20th February 2018 - 1 views

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    All the education news, articles, teaching resources you need today, plus the best of edu Twitter.
Martin Burrett

What Should Teachers Actually Mark? by @RichardJARogers - 20 views

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    "As teachers, we are messing up our schedules and creating added stress because we do not ruthlessly prioritise enough. It's absolutely essential.

    All marking is important: every student must receive feedback and acknowledgement for their efforts. However, you may have to give your exam-preparation classes greater quality feedback that your younger classes at certain points in the year. You may also have to give it back in a more swift and timely manner too (e.g. when you've just finished the mock exams, or when you've had an end-of-unit test)."
Martin Burrett

UKEdMag: Joined at the strip by @mrlockyer - 7 views

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    "Have you ever had a class who are ready to work, have fantastic ideas, know the basic structure of a paragraph or story, yet seem to falter when actually writing? How about those children that freeze at the sight of a blank page of lines to fill? You must have taught one or two children who start a story well, then drift off into a tangent even they can't pick themselves back from.

    Structure Strips can help to solve all of these regular challenges for teachers, at the crucial stage of children demonstrating what they know and demonstrating this on the page."
Martin Burrett

UKEd Update - 19th February 2018 - 1 views

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    All the education news, articles, teaching resources you need today.
Martin Burrett

Metacognition & the Growth Mindset by Rebecca Tusingham - 17 views

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    "Metacognition or 'thinking about thinking', as I like to call it, forms the basis of the Growth Mindset theory. As a society we seem to have moved away from the truth that no matter what your starting point you can always make a huge amount of progress if you apply the right kind of effort over time. Struggle is a natural part of learning, take a shortcut and you don't learn as much; why then do we equate struggle with failure?"
Martin Burrett

Cell Structure - 21 views

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    "Discover and explore the micro world of cells with this well design flash resource. Browse interactive diagrams of various types of living cells and try the quiz to test your knowledge."
Martin Burrett

Educators to Follow on Twitter 2018 - 18 views

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    As choose by the Teachers of the UKEdChat community
Martin Burrett

Book: How to be an Outstanding Primary School Teacher by @HeadTeachDunn - 8 views

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    "With so many expectations, requirements and scrutiny of primary school teachers, it is easy to become formulaic in your practice. This is a shame, as the initial enthusiasm for the job gets waned, and giving young students the opportunity to shine becomes less focused on whole-child development. However, to become an outstanding teacher demands consistency, focus and dedication. Outstanding teachers are always on the lookout for new ideas, but sometimes the tried-and-tested classroom activities and techniques can offer a strong system to help your pupils shine, despite curriculum restraints imposed."
Martin Burrett

Teaching vs. Everything Else - 12 views

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    "Teaching, if you let it, will take over your life. Too many of us can think of times when family were put into second place behind our teaching commitments, not to mention our health, diet and sleep. Despite all the talk of wellbeing, a culture of 'look how hard I work' pervades our profession. Not surprising when this is often encouraged and rewarded. In this UKEdChat we will discuss the merits and pitfalls of navigating this difficult balance and, together, find some solutions."
Martin Burrett

Countries with greater gender equality have a lower percentage of female STEM graduates - 6 views

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    "Countries with greater gender equality see a smaller proportion of women taking degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), a new study has found. Policymakers could use the findings to reconsider initiatives to increase women's participation in STEM, say the researchers.

    Dubbed the 'gender equality paradox', the research found that countries such as Albania and Algeria have a greater percentage of women amongst their STEM graduates than countries lauded for their high levels of gender equality, such as Finland, Norway or Sweden."
Martin Burrett

Marking: Why, What and How? by @RichardJARogers - 14 views

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    "As a PGCE Student going through two school placements in North Wales back in 2005, I found it hard to keep up with daily admin. Just planning lessons and trying to deliver stimulating content and keeping the students engaged throughout, was challenging enough. Marking: I dreaded it, and found it almost impossible to fit it into my weekly regimen of teaching, planning and completing assignments for university."
Martin Burrett

The Feedback that makes you a Better Teacher by @Hubert_AI - 38 views

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    "Progression and development are important in every profession. For teachers even more so. We'd all like to give students the best possible knowledge-base to rely on in their future professional life.

    So, where should teacher improvement come from? How have seasoned teaching-masters gotten so incredibly good?"
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