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Teach Like Nobody’s Watching –

Teach Like Nobody’s Watching – | Teaching | Scoop.it
My presentation at the 2018 ResearchEd National Conference was based on the conclusions I have reached about teaching after 15 years at the chalk face. There are three things I believe to be true. …
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Putting theory into practice –

Putting theory into practice – | Teaching | Scoop.it
I love a good teaching and learning book, as anyone who has popped into my classroom or tried to find something on my desk can attest. I also really enjoy attending research conferences (I’m …
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Concreteness Fading: A Method To Achieve Transfer —

Concreteness Fading: A Method To Achieve Transfer — | Teaching | Scoop.it
“What is one of the most difficult things to teach your students?” When you ask teachers in different sectors, one answer that will probably get a lot of hits and lead to agreeing nods is “Transfer!” The ability to apply learned principles and knowledge to solve novel problems or tackle new, unfamil
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Fixing Key Stage 3: Core Questions –

Fixing Key Stage 3: Core Questions – | Teaching | Scoop.it
  There is a growing rumbling and dissatisfaction with KS3. There is little doubt that years 7 through 9 have become wasted years and, in the face of tougher GCSEs more and more teachers appear to be finding that they cannot afford for these years to be wasted. Last year as a faculty, we identified…
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Ten principles for great explicit teaching

Ten principles for great explicit teaching | Teaching | Scoop.it
I would like to begin by clarifying terminology. Put most simply, I will be discussing how to plan extended explanations of substantive content, delivered didactically to a whole class. Bizarrely, for something so simple which, at its essence, is just ‘teaching’ to me, there is no consensus on what this is called. When I first…
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The Truth About Homework

The Truth About Homework | Teaching | Scoop.it
“Most homework teachers set is crap.” Dylan Wiliam, ResearchEd 2014. The subject of homework inspires strong opinions. Teachers, parents and students themselves all have a view on the matter and those views are often diametrically opposed. Dylan Wiliam, back in 2014, shared a very strong opinion that didn’t exactly condemn the evidence and action related to homework to the dustbin, but he poked a gaping hole into our every assumption about homework and its impact. At Huntington School, we battled with the issues and surveyed the best available evidence, from the EEF Toolkit (Secondary and Primary – note the crucial differences here: homework is much more effective with older children), to specific recent studies on homework (this one via Dan Willingham). The IEE ‘Best Evidence in Brief‘ newsletter has done a great job of collating homework research HERE. Certainly, knowing the evidence base can help our decision-making, though it is of course a little more complicated than that. SO
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Practice with Purpose | Deans for Impact

Practice with Purpose | Deans for Impact | Teaching | Scoop.it
Practice with Purpose: The Emerging Science of Teacher Expertise connects the principles of deliberate practice with the methods used to prepare and develop teaching skill. The principles of deliberate practice emerged from research in the science of expertise, which looks at domains as diverse as surgery, chess, writing, music and ballet. We believe that the principles of deliberate …
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What every teacher should know about ... memory

What every teacher should know about ... memory | Teaching | Scoop.it
In a new series of articles on how psychology research can inform teaching, Bradley Busch picks an academic study – and makes sense of it for the classroom. This time: a project on long-term memory
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Classroom layout – what does the research say?

Classroom layout – what does the research say? | Teaching | Scoop.it

What effect do different classroom seating arrangements have on student participation? Should teachers or students decide who sits where? We take a look at what the research says.

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Desirable Difficulties

Desirable Difficulties | Teaching | Scoop.it
Most students try to make studying and learning as easy and efficient as possible. But research by APS James McKeen Cattell Fellows Elizabeth L. Bjork and Robert A. Bjork shows that many commonly used learning strategies actually are counterproductive.
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10 Teaching Pitfalls

10 Teaching Pitfalls | Teaching | Scoop.it
This is a companion to 10 Teaching Essentials.   In addition to trying to deliver on the 10 Essentials, I'm suggesting that teachers should seek to avoid these pitfalls.  To some extent, the two lists mirror each other - positive and negative ways of expressing the same ideas - but, not entirely.   Most feedback I…
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10 Silver Arrows: Ideas to penetrate the armour of ingrained practice

10 Silver Arrows: Ideas to penetrate the armour of ingrained practice | Teaching | Scoop.it
Silver Arrows? It's very hard to change your practice.  We're all so busy, very often it is difficult to create space to fully explore a set of ideas and to deliberately adapt our teaching routines to absorb something new.  At the same time, we're often bombarded with initiatives and issues to address.  It can be…
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Six tips to improve your explicit teaching

Six tips to improve your explicit teaching | Teaching | Scoop.it
Perhaps you have read a few articles on explicit instruction and you want to try it out. One of the attractions is that explicit forms of teaching are quite similar to default forms of teaching. Most teachers probably stand at the front, explain things and then set tasks for students to complete, whether they feel…
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Interrupting the forgetting – Last lesson, Last week, Last month –

Interrupting the forgetting – Last lesson, Last week, Last month – | Teaching | Scoop.it
Can you still? A simple question but one which unlocked a journey into Sanderstorm and Bjork, moving beyond PERformative assessment and a beautiful journey with interrupting the forgetting – …
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Low Stakes Quizzing and Retrieval Practice Part 3 –

Low Stakes Quizzing and Retrieval Practice Part 3 – | Teaching | Scoop.it
In my last post, I gave an overview of retrieval practice and how it can be informed by whole class feedback. In this post, I will go over some different retrieval strategies, including how to approach quotation memorisation. I began my teaching career as an EFL teacher, teaching English abroad. On my CELTA course, the…
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A Knowledge Organiser and the Trivium

A Knowledge Organiser and the Trivium | Teaching | Scoop.it
Knowledge organisers are gathering momentum in a number of schools. This is a good thing. Some people have misgivings about their reductive nature but many can see how they assist pupils in getting to grips with basic subject matter and being able to memorise key bits of information. There are many different designs of knowledge…
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The 9 things every teacher should know | News

The 9 things every teacher should know | News | Teaching | Scoop.it
We have more evidence about what works in the classroom than ever before, but how much of that knowledge is in the hands of teachers? Educationalist Dylan Wiliam outlines the essential information he wishes he’d had when he started out in schools – gleaned from some of the world’s top academics
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On Self-Quizzing Homework

On Self-Quizzing Homework | Teaching | Scoop.it
One of the best things we've done this year is introduce self-quizzing - an idea I took from reading Joe Kirby's chapter in 'Battle Hymn of the Tiger Teachers: The Michaela Way' entitled 'Homework as Revision'. I thought, after the reaction to a couple of tweets I've posted about it, I'd write this post explaining our approach to…
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Presentation: potentially a powerful proxy for progress. #shortblog

Presentation: potentially a powerful proxy for progress. #shortblog | Teaching | Scoop.it
One of my frustrations with my last inspection experience was the high-speed book flick-throughs that were passed off as valid scrutinies of standards.  Essentially, in the time given to each book, in some cases, it could only really have been presentation that was being evaluated.  It was annoying when a teacher of a KS3 class was…
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Demonstrating Memory Processes

Demonstrating Memory Processes | Teaching | Scoop.it
Here are some fun (!) and often frustrating activities that help to demonstrate how our memory works (and doesn't). Chunking. Draw a 7 x 7 grid, similar to the one below. Now, study this grid for 2 minutes, making a mental note of where each letter is located. Using the grid you prepared in step…
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Ten teaching techniques to practise – deliberately.

Ten teaching techniques to practise – deliberately. | Teaching | Scoop.it
It’s a well-established idea that, to develop expertise in a particular skill or technique, you need to practise. The more you practise, the better you get.  As outlined by the excellent peop…
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Dual Coding in the Classroom

Dual Coding in the Classroom | Teaching | Scoop.it
Let me begin by saying that dual coding, or at least my initial understanding of this learning strategy, is completely foreign to me.  I am the antithesis of creative.  While others were playing with action figures and creating distant galaxies to be conquered in their mind, I was outside playing some sport.  Add to this…
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Optimal Time For Spacing Gaps (?)

Optimal Time For Spacing Gaps (?) | Teaching | Scoop.it
This blog is linked to my previous blog on trying to apply spacing in a content heavy subject. In that blog I set out my plans to build in spacing with my Year 10 Science class by introducing lag/retrieval homeworks and spacing lessons. The homework is set some time after the topic is complete. The spacing…
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Improving your homework provision

Improving your homework provision | Teaching | Scoop.it
This term, Matt Bromley will be turning his attention to key stage 3, offering practical advice on a range of issues to help schools and teachers boost outcomes. He begins with a look at homework and the role it has to play during years 7 to 9
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Contemporary educational ideas all my staff should know about

Contemporary  educational ideas all my staff should know about | Teaching | Scoop.it
As I look ahead to starting my new job at Highbury Grove,  I'm thinking about all the conversations we are going to have about learning.  To a large degree I want my teachers to be as up-to-date as possible within their own subject domains. They should know the latest OfSTED position ( eg with Moving…
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